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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Cowboys expect Claiborne for training camp

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will have to wait for the first week of training camp before they see first-round pick Morris Claiborne in action.

Claiborne is recovering from left wrist surgery performed after the NFL scouting combine to repair ligament damage. Coach Jason Garrett said Claiborne is scheduled to be in a cast until early to mid-May and then he will wear a brace for another four weeks.

The Cowboys will hold a rookie minicamp next week and organized team activities in May and June before having a veteran minicamp in mid-June. Training camp is expected to start around July 24 for rookies in Oxnard, Calif., with the veterans reporting five days later.

“We don’t anticipate him practicing much football in the offseason, but we fully anticipate him being ready for Day 1 of training camp,” Garrett said.

While not the preference, Garrett does not expect Claiborne to fall behind.

“He’s going to be around, he’s going to be involved with our football team,” Garrett said. “Obviously, you’d rather have him take those reps right from Day 1 and be out there playing and learning, but he’ll be close enough to our football team. He’ll be in meetings, on the practice field and engaged in everything and will now what we expect from him.”