Mo Claiborne Injury: Updates on Cowboys CB's Facial Laceration

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Cornerback Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates while crossing the goal line to score on a fumble recovery as quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Embroiled in a multi-team battle in the NFC wild-card race, the Dallas Cowboys will need all of their star players for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne may not be able to help, as he left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a facial laceration, according to's Ian Rapoport:

Instead of the stretcher, Morris Claiborne walks off with a bloody face. Into locker room. Stretcher wheels.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

As expected, Morris Claiborne will be active in Week 16.

Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys official website tweeted out the inactive list, and the star rookie DB was not named as one of the sidelined players. 

Cowboys Inactives: Wilber, Kowalski, Arkin, Callaway, Weems, Leary, Ratliff

— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) December 23, 2012



UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 12:01 p.m. ET

Great news for the Cowboys who have the playoffs in sight as Morris Claiborne stated that he will play in Week 16, according to Forth Worth Star-Telegram's Jimmy Burch.

#Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne said he will play vs New Orleans after missing Steelers game w concussion

— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

As expected, Morris Claiborne will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

The Forth Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reported the news via Twitter:

Cowboys will be without Morris Claiborne today. He is out with a concussion. Mike jenkins will start

— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) December 16, 2012

The Cowboys will hope Jenkins can perform up to par as a loss would cause the team to lose ground in the NFC wild card race.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 10:12 a.m. ET

Rough news for Cowboys fans as the team is expected to be without Morris Claiborne, according to NFL's Ian Rapoport.

#Cowboys expected to play without CB Morris Claiborne. Told he hasn't passed his concussion tests. Barring a late change, Jenkins will start

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2012

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The scintillating rookie corner left Sunday's game during a third-quarter scoring drive that saw the Bengals go ahead 16-10. Obviously bloodied as he was being escorted off the field, the young cornerback's return is questionable.

If the injury ends his game, Claiborne will finish with five tackles. So far, the Cowboys have done a fantastic job at limiting Bengals receivers.

For those who have seen Claiborne play this season, his strong play on Sunday was certainly welcomed, but not unexpected. 

A first-round pick in April's draft, Claiborne has been a vital cog in the revamping of Dallas' pass defense. Alongside offseason signee Brandon Carr, the Cowboys' secondary has struggled to create turnovers, but has done a great job at limiting yardage against. 

Coming into Week 14 action, the Cowboys ranked 10th in the NFL against the pass, which is vastly improved from their No. 23 ranking in 2011.

Claiborne's ability to limit yards after the catch is essential to that cause. Backup Mike Jenkins will shift over from the slot in Claiborne's place, so it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys fare without him on the field. 

Be sure to check back in as we give the latest updates on Claiborne's status this week and going forward.