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December 03, 2012

Secondary coach says Claiborne shows veteran poise with fumble return, making up for first Philly game

Morris Claiborne got a chance to make up for his first game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t waste it.

The rookie cornerback returned a fumble 50 yards for an interception, helping the Cowboys wrap up a 38-33 victory Sunday night.

Four weeks ago, he committed five penalties and gave up a touchdown at Philadelphia.

“That was all part of the game. The penalties I had last time was all part of the game,” he said. “So you know, I’m just fortunate enough and blessed and thankful that we came out with a win.”

It was Claiborne’s third turnover with the Cowboys. He has two fumble recoveries and an interception. It was his first touchdown return.

“It felt amazing because I haven’t been in the end zone in so long, and to get in on this stage, it felt awesome, and in a big game like that,” Claiborne said.

Secondary coach Jerome Henderson said Claiborne showed veteran poise in returning the fumble and in brushing off the first game.

“You see a lot of guys right there maybe fumble it, lose it. He just scooped and scored,” Henderson said. “It’s live. It’s moving. The ball is bouncing around. He just scooped it and scored it. That’s why we drafted him where we did, because of his poise and being able to bounce back.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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