Morris Claiborne tries to move on

December, 16, 2013
12/16/13
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne took a break from signing autographs and brightening some kids' day at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital on Monday morning to talk about his own issues.

Claiborne is dealing with a nagging hamstring that has cost him the past three games, and with time running out on the Cowboys' season, it's uncertain if he'll play again this year.

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Off the field, Claiborne is trying to come to grips from an emotional toll of losing his father, Robert Owens, who died at the tender age of 64 unexpectedly, and the birth of his daughter, Madison, less than a week later.

"It was very hard," Claiborne said. "I just had to make the right decisions. At that time, my family needed me more, so I needed to be there."

The Cowboys are very good at allowing their players to handle family business. During training camp, rookie safety J.J. Wilcox left the team for nearly two weeks after the death of his mother.

Claiborne is just trying to move on from the emotions of losing a father and gaining a daughter, and trying to get back on the field.

"Hopefully I will," he said. "When we get back today, I’m supposed to be doing some stuff today, and we’ll just continue to build on it and see how it goes. I’m confident, but you just have to take the right precautions with a hamstring injury. You never know how it’s going to turn out. It can feel great, and you go out and play and then all of a sudden, make a wrong move and you’re going back over it again."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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