On Friday, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was very realistic about the chances of first-round pick Morris Claiborne playing in the team’s Sunday afternoon game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I know he’s doing everything he can,” Ryan said Friday. “He’s got to pass these (concussion) tests. That’s the one thing about it. You have to follow protocol and no one can rush it no matter who you are. I think it’s great for the players’ safety. You have to make sure when they do come back they are ready with no trouble coming back. When Mo comes back he’ll be ready to go, but until then we’ll just move forward.”
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, team sources are saying Claiborne did not pass his concussion tests and will not be cleared for the game.
In his absence, Mike Jenkins will get the start.
Expect Ben Roethlisberger and company to test the Cowboys secondary early in the game. When you have the weapons in the passing game that Pittsburgh is blessed with on the roster, you have to take the early shots.