Morris Claiborne (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Miami, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
With Claiborne unavailable, Byron Jones figures to primarily work as a cornerback, which should free up some extra snaps for safeties Jeff Heath and J.J. Wilcox. Claiborne isn't particularly good, so his absence isn't cause to significantly downgrade the Dallas defense.
Morris Claiborne is set to undergo an MRI Monday on his injured right hamstring, Sportsdaydfw.com reports.
Claiborne injured the hamstring early in the second quarter during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. Despite finishing out the first half, he wasn't able to return for the rest of the game, and could potentially miss even more time. His situation should continue to be monitored, as the MRI results may help determine the severity of the injury. In the meantime, expect cornerback Byron Jones to fill in for Claiborne.
Claiborne is trying to show off his work ethic during minicamp in order to ensure he will have a roster spot, which will give him the chance to prove himself come Sundays.
"I'm trying to make the team," Claiborne said. "That's how I look at this whole thing right now, I'm trying to make this team."
Claiborne has been dealing with lingering knee injuries since suffering a season-ending injury during the fourth game of last season and might not be ready for the start of this year.
All three have been limited during the offseason because of various aliments. Free dealt with a foot injury last season and Claiborne was bothered by a torn patellar tendon. Meanwhile, McClain is recovering from knee surgery in the offseason.
Claiborne is coming off a rough season in which he struggled to recover from a torn patellar tendon, as he only appeared in four games. He also missed six games last year because of a hamstring issue.
If the Cowboys had picked up the option, they would have been on the hook for more than $11 million in 2016.
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