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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Report: Morris Claiborne won’t be ready for Cowboys’ minicamp


Morris Claiborne during rookie minicamp. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)
The Dallas Cowboys aren’t likely to get a good look at cornerback Morris Claiborne, their first-round pick in the NFL Draft, until training camp in late July.

Claiborne, who underwent surgery in March for a wrist injury he’d suffered as at LSU, had raised expectations when he said that he hoped to be ready for minicamp in June. Pins were removed from his wrist early this month and he has been wearing a soft cast. However, he will stick to the original timetable, according to a report by Bryan Broaddus of dallascowboys.com

“I’m so eager and ready,” Claiborne told Nick Eatman of dallascowboys.com last week. “It’s hard sitting there and watching and knowing you can do it, but you’ve got one small thing that’s wrong with you and holding you back. But I’m looking forward to it and I’m trying to push that up.”

The Cowboys traded up to take Claiborne, winner of the Jim Thorpe Award given annually to the best defensive back in college football, with the sixth overall pick in the draft in April. It was no surprise that he’d need surgery.

“[Surgery] was recommended at the NFL Combine,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News at the draft. “It was ligament damage and it was recommended by everybody there that he go ahead and have the surgery and so he'll come in with a cast and he probably won't be in [organized team activities] because of that. We'll measure it, but [Cowboys head athletic trainer] Jim [Maurer] advised it. It's probably something he won't be involved in that early with those OTAs, but we fully expect him to be ready to go for [training] camp and be ready to go there. But it is something that he decided to do post-Combine.”

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