Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne continues to be one of the league’s biggest recent busts, as the former sixth overall pick continues to have issues staying healthy and playing at an effective level. Claiborne missed the team’s second preseason game with an AC joint separation that he suffered last week, and he’s had his fair share of shoulder injuries after needing surgery on his shoulder earlier. The former LSU Tigers star also suffered a minor knee injury early in training camp, and he battled knee woes last year as well.
These constant ailments are having a big role in derailing his career, but at least Claiborne is back on the field today. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams, Claiborne is back from his AC joint injury today, while fellow cornerback Sterling Moore is still on the shelf. Claiborne’s return bodes well for his future status, as his ability to play in the regular season opener was cast into some doubt following the initial reports of his injury.
It will be interesting to see how much playing time Claiborne gets in his final two preseason games, but he really needs to stay healthy. Just 24, he’s already missed seven games in his first two seasons and could miss a few more in 2014. Heading into the third year of his career, the once-elite prospect could be slated for a make-or-break year, though that will likely come in 2015 (the final year of his rookie deal). He still has promise due to his talent, but that talent clearly hasn’t shown through in the midst of injuries and his own struggles in coverage.