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November 28, 2012

Morris Claiborne ready for a second chance against the Eagles

Morris Claiborne had a rough game against the Eagles three weeks ago, promising his teammates afterward that it wouldn't happen again.

"I look forward to every game, but just from my last outing with these guys, it’s a little bit more special, a little bit more to it for me," Claiborne said Wednesday.

Claiborne had five defensive penalites against the Eagles. He was cited for being offside twice, defensive holding twice and pass interference once. He also allowed a touchdown pass in the 38-23 victory.

"I thought he responded well within that game," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "It’s hard to think that the game could have gone any worse for him in terms of the penalties he had and some of the plays he had against him. But I saw him continue to battle. He was feisty and competitive throughout, and similarly I thought he responded well after the game. He understood that it wasn’t his best game. He was determined to correct it and move forward, and I think he’s done that."

Claiborne has been targeted 44 times this season, with receivers catching 26 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns against him. He expects the Eagles to come after him Sunday, but he's ready.

"I believe it was just me [and nothing the Eagles did to him]," Claiborne said. "They didn’t do nothing but run a deep ball, I mean run [go routes]. It was just all me and just putting myself in a bad place and doing things I didn’t have to do."

-- Charean Williams

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