|Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne vowed to be back in action Sunday against the Saints. (US Presswire)|
Considering the opponent coming to town Sunday, the Cowboys obviously need all hands on deck.
Claiborne, who missed last week's game with the Steelers because of a concussion suffered Dec. 9 against the Bengals, vowed to be back in action when Drew Brees and his high-powered Saints offense invade Cowboys Stadium.
“I'm feeling good right now, no real setbacks, and I'll be ready to go,” Claiborne said. “I was disappointed not to (play last week). But I understand we had to make a smart decision. I'm just anxious to get back.”
And the coaching staff has to be just as anxious. Without Claiborne last week, the Cowboys were able to survive the Steelers in overtime, but Ben Roethlisberger did throw for 339 yards. Cornerback Mike Jenkins and newly signed reserve Sterling Moore were able to manage in Claiborne's absence. Brandon Carr actually picked up most of the slack, including an interception in overtime and 36-yard return that led to a game-winning field goal.
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But the Cowboys aren't naïve to think Claiborne, and any other healthy defensive player, won't be needed against the Saints, who rank third in the NFL in total offense (397.9 yards per game) and second in the league in passing (298.1).
Claiborne's rookie season has been relatively positive. However, expectations were definitely high, considering the Cowboys traded up from No. 14 to No. 6 to get Claiborne, giving up their second-round pick as well.
Claiborne has one interception, and a key fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Eagles three weeks ago that helped secure a win.