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

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

CORRECTS TO DALLAS COWBOYS MORRIS CLAIBORNE NOT ADAM JONES Dallas Cowboys' Morris Claiborne defends as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) catches a pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a concussion and was ruled out for the remainder of Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, per the team’s director of media and programming, Derek Eagleton

His status for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles after a Week 7 bye has yet to be announced. 

Continue for updates.


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Claiborne was "upbeat" after the game, adding the Week 7 bye week came at the perfect time, per David Helman of DallasCowboys.com. 

Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today noted Claiborne had a collision with teammate and linebacker Sean Lee in the second quarter. Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News noted Lee was "pretty upset about that hit" and "knew right away it wasn’t good."


Cowboys Lack the Depth to Mask Claiborne's Injury

Claiborne appeared in each of Dallas’ first five games going into Sunday’s contest with the Packers. He had one interception and 21 combined tackles on the season.

The 2012 first-round pick has four interceptions in his career, but Neil Hornsby of Pro Football Focus said he was just the 109th-ranked cornerback in the league last year by the website’s metrics.

Even though he struggled last season, the Cowboys can ill-afford a serious injury for Claiborne.

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Todd Archer of ESPN NFL Nation said the team was down to just two healthy cornerbacks (Brandon Carr and Anthony Brown) after the LSU product left Sunday’s game.

While Dallas certainly doesn’t want to have injury issues, the timing was ideal because it heads into its bye week after the Packers game. It then plays the Eagles and Cleveland Browns in the following two contests. The Eagles entered Sunday’s action at 20th in the league in passing yards per game, while the Browns were 26th.

At least the Cowboys can take solace in the fact they won’t face potent passing attacks if Claiborne is forced to miss some time.