Morris Claiborne Injury: Updates on Cowboys CB's Groin and Return

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne had not played since he suffered a groin injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. He did not require surgery and is ready to return to action.

Continue for updates.

Claiborne Active vs. Packers

Sunday, Jan. 15

The Cowboys announced Claiborne is available to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Claiborne Comments on Injury

Sunday, Nov. 20

Jane Slater of NFL Network spoke to Claiborne and reported that he "tore a piece of the bone off his pelvis." Claiborne said he's trying to avoid surgery and will undergo an MRI in three weeks.

However, Claiborne did say the injury is "much better now" and that he's "moving around," per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

Latest on Claiborne's Diagnosis, Potential Surgery

Tuesday, Nov. 1

ESPN's Ed Werder, citing a source, reported that the "Cowboys plan to give [Claiborne] time to heal and rehab before determining whether surgery [is] required for [the] groin injury." Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Claiborne was not scheduled for surgery at the time.

On Oct. 31, Archer (via ESPN's Adam Schefter) reported that the Cowboys feared Claiborne had a sports hernia that would keep him out of the lineup "indefinitely."

On Oct. 30, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones admitted he was "concerned" about Claiborne's groin injury, according to Werder.

Claiborne Enjoyed Best Year as a Pro

Claiborne, 26, went down with just less than one minute remaining in regulation in Week 8. He had four tackles before exiting.

In his fifth season out of LSU, Claiborne was having his best NFL campaign to date. He's recorded 26 tackles and one interception while helping anchor a surprisingly solid Cowboys secondary. Pro Football Focus has graded him as an above-average starter all season, a major uptick from his near-bust status coming into 2016.

"He's got a lot of confidence. You see the interceptions and pass deflections," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli told reporters. "But it's the tackling. His tackling has been outstanding. He has tackles for losses. He is a very sure tackler, and he is really bringing a physical presence to our secondary."

Claiborne previously suffered a concussion in a Week 6 win over the Packers but recovered during the team's Week 7 bye and was able to return in Week 8.