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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cowboys' Morris Claiborne to Miss Fourth-Straight Game


By on 12/19/2013 04:00:00 PM

Per ESPNDallas.com, Dallas Cowboys' defensive back Morris Claiborne will miss his fourth-straight game with a lingering hamstring issue.

Morris had a couple of family issues to sort out last week, forcing him to miss the team's botch job against the Green Bay Packers. Morris' father sadly passed away, but hopefully the sting of his passing was less severe as he also welcomed his daughter Madison into the world.

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of last week, Morris postponed any rehabilitation efforts in order to properly address his family. Because of it, Morris has missed more time than originally anticipated:
"Getting treatment and not being here to do stuff because I had to go home, it set us back," Claiborne told KESN-FM. "It was a big setback. ... I'm in the same sense of where I was the first time. So I sat down with the trainers and we talked about it, and it could go either way. 'We need you. But we're not going to play you this week.' (It) gives it a little bit more time and see what happens for the last game."
The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to create a defensive attitude under the tutelage of Monte Kiffin this season, but have been decimated by injuries, most notably to Sean Lee and Demarcus Ware.

Claiborne is a highly-touted draft pick, but has struggled in his sophomore season. Claiborne boasts a -7.8 coverage rating via Pro Football Focus (subscription required), good for 90th of 109 cornerbacks.

The prudent approach is to keep Claiborne out for one more week, saving him for the season finale against Philadelphia -- a match-up that could determine the division winner and 2013 playoff representative from the NFC East.

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