Could Cowboys change up corner roles?

September, 13, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will play Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs despite a shoulder injury, but it is possible he could see an altered role.

Claiborne is wearing a protective harness on his left shoulder and the Cowboys could choose to start Orlando Scandrick and play Claiborne in passing situations.

“I’ve been pretty much (in his) regular role during practice,” said Claiborne, who was limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Scandrick would continue to play the slot, but it is possible he could open up outside if the Cowboys choose to protect Claiborne some because of the dislocation.

“I’m just ready to play,” Scandrick said. “You’ve got to be ready to do whatever.”

Early on in his career, coaches were reluctant to move him back and forth because of the different qualities needed to play both spots, but coach Jason Garrett said that’s not the case anymore.

“I think he’s gotten better and better at it over the course of his career,” Garrett said. “He’s played mostly inside but that’s never been because he’s been deficient outside. We’ve always thought he was a very good corner as an inside and an outside guy.

“He’s a competitive guy, he’s quick, he’s long and he’s got a good sense for the ball. He understands how to play football and plays it the right way. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and that’s a good thing. He’s always had it and I suspect he always will have it. We have no issues with him playing inside or outside.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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