- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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“The last few days it’s just been kind of antsy, anxious to get out there, thinking about the game, going through all the plays in my head,” Carr said. “Just to finally get out there and to knock that dust off, run around with the guys, play a whole half and make it through and feel pretty good about it, it was a pretty good day for us.”
It was Carr’s first game since breaking his right hand early in training camp. It was Claiborne’s first game since the fourth game of last season. His road back was much longer than Carr’s because of a torn patellar tendon and a lot more gratifying.
“When something’s taken away from you that you love to do, that’s my life, it really hurts and you never know how much you miss it until you can’t do it anymore,” Claiborne said.
Both had big moments in the Cowboys’ loss and both showed they still need some work. But in the Cowboys’ first game without Orlando Scandrick, who is out for the season with a knee injury, Claiborne showed some promise.
“You’re going to invent a hole where Scandrick was,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “I’m confident just from whatever I’ve seen during training camp and what I’ve heard the coaches say that we’re going to be able to have a good go at taking up some of the slack Scandrick gave us. We won’t replace him. He’s too good a player to do that, but I certainly think we’ve got a chance to compete at a level we all expect.”
On the Vikings’ first scoring drive, Carr was penalized for a hold preventing a third-down stop and four plays later was beat on a go route by Mike Wallace with a perfect throw from Teddy Bridgewater. Carr came back two series later with an interception of Shaun Hill, going up at the high point to take away a deep pass from Stefon Diggs.
“I don’t let too many things get to me anymore,” Carr said. “It’s just all in the flow of the game. They’re going to make some plays on us, but you really stand the test if you can bounce back and come back and make your own plays to change the tide, so to speak.”
Claiborne had a pass interference penalty in the second quarter when he bumped Adam Thielen. On the next series, he nearly had an interception of Hill in the end zone but Thielen was called for offensive pass interference.
“He made me miss my pick,” Claiborne said. “I felt like that would’ve been an interception if he not pulled me down. I’ll get the next one.”