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August 11, 2012

Stephen Jones may not be frustrated with Claiborne’s injury/absence but the top pick admits he is


Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones expressed anger on Saturday about reports from an interview he did on Friday with KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan that had him frustrated with cornerback Morris Claiborne’s inability to practice because of a sprained knee.

 “I didn’t rip Mo,” Jones said.  “It’s wrong. There’s no frustration at all. I have zero worries about Mo Claiborne. How that gets out there is beyond me.”

Here is what Jones said on the radio: “Mo Claiborne’s got to get out there. The times he’s been out there, it’s been impressive. But he certainly can’t make the club in the tub, if you will. He’s got to get out there. It’s time. We got to start having a mentality that we’re going to play through things.”

Jones said he was talking in general about the number of injured guys and how they have to get back on the field at some point but he was not talking specifically about Claiborne.

The No. 1 pick from LSU missed the offseason program and minicamp  because of wrist surgery and has now been sidelined since the first week of training camp with a knee injury.

He will miss Monday’s preseason opener against the Raiders but expects to be back on the practice field next week play in the second preseason game against the Chargers.

Claiborne said he hasn’t heard any frustration from the Cowboys but said he was frustrated himself.

“Of course, I’m frustrated,” Claiborne said. “I missed time in the past due to my wrist. Then have something that causes me to miss more time is frustrating.  But I cant do nothing about it. I can just listen to what trainers have me doing and try to get back as fast I can.”

Claiborne said he still has an occasional limp but he is ready to get back on the practice field. It’s the trainers who being cautious and keeping him on the sideline.

“I feel I can go,” Claiborne said. “Until they give me the okay, I will be where I have been.”

Claiborne said there is no question he can play through injuries considering he played the majority of his final season at LSU last year with the wrist injury, prompting the surgery before the draft.

Coincidentally or not, Claiborne was on the practice field in full pads on Saturday.

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