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August 15, 2013

Cowboys aren't concerned about Morris Claiborne, who will miss a second preseason game

Cornerback Morris Claiborne will miss another preseason game after injuring his knee Aug. 6. Claiborne had an MRI on his left knee, but it showed no structural damage.

Still, soreness persists in Claiborne's knee. He will continue to rest and rehab, missing another preseason game this week with Orlando Scandrick starting opposite Brandon Carr.

The Cowboys, though, are not concerned about Claiborne, who had expected to return the day after he felt something in his knee after planting on it in practice. The Cowboys expect he'll be back in time for the season opener against the Giants.

"He's a young player," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "The injuries that he’s having are not what you call the kinds of injuries that would be chronic or you'd expect to be dealing with down the road, to the extent down the road means opening night. So all of those things are not a concern. We know the kinds of things he’s been dealing with. He’s every bit the player we thought he was. He’s every bit the athlete we thought he was. And he’s got the size for us, and we’re fine with that, so he ought to be a healthy player and ought to be a healthy player for us soon, right now, opening game."

Claiborne sprained the MCL in the same knee during last year's training camp and missed the team's first preseason game. He also injured the knee in the second quarter of the Baltimore game during the season but returned for the fourth quarter and finished the game.

-- Charean Williams



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