Morris Claiborne questionable with concussion

December, 14, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said cornerback Morris Claiborne “got a little dizzy” in Thursday’s practice and was not sure the first-round pick will be able to play Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Claiborne said he is preparing to play, but he has to pass one more test before getting cleared. He was limited in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Claiborne said. “I’m just going to work closely with the training staff and whatever those guys want me to do, that’s what I’m doing to do.”

Claiborne was hurt in last week’s win against Cincinnati in which he was hit by teammate Danny McCray while attempting to make a tackle. He needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his lip. This is the second concussion he has suffered in as many years and missed a game last year at LSU.

“I know he’s doing everything he can and he’s got to pass these tests,” Ryan said. “That’s the one thing, they’ve got this protocol and no one can rush it no matter who you are so I think it’s great for the player’s safety that we make sure when they do come back they come back with no trouble coming back. When Mo comes back he’ll be ready to go and until then we’ll just move forward.”

Mike Jenkins would start if Claiborne can’t go and the backup corners would be Sterling Moore and Michael Coe, who was claimed off waivers from Miami earlier in the week.

“I coached with his dad. His dad’s a good coach and I think this kid will be a better player,” Ryan said of Coe. “We’ll be fine with him. He’s a good football player. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s a smart kid, so if he needs to play, he’ll play and we’re excited about him. He’s got a lot of good talent.”

Moore was signed off New England’s practice squad two weeks ago and has two tackles in two games and a pass deflection. Ryan said Moore’s time in New England has helped him adjust to the Cowboys.

“I think they are a multiple team with Bill Belichick and the guy with the beard out there, (Matt) Patricia, but they do a great job of coaching,” Ryan said. “They let their guard down on him and we slipped up and gobbled him up. He’s been an excellent football player. He’s playing all over the place for us. He’s playing inside. He’s playing outside. He’s playing safety. He’s a smart guy but he’s a very talented kid and we really got something here with this guy.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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