Morris Claiborne ready for debut

Updated: August 15, 2012, 9:21 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Morris Claiborne, who missed the preseason opener with a sprained MCL, said Wednesday he expects to make his NFL debut on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.

The cornerback wore a sleeve over his left knee as he practiced in full pads Wednesday with the first-team defense.

"I'm supposing to be playing this week," Claiborne said after Wednesday's practice. "I'm very excited. It's been a while. Every time I get comfortable, I get a setback."

Claiborne said he's not sure if he'll start Saturday. Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr started the preseason opener at Oakland.

Claiborne missed the entire offseason as he recovered from wrist surgery. After he was cleared for training camp, he suffered the knee injury.

Claiborne returned to the practice field in a limited role late last week.

Team executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week on KRLD-FM that, "Mo Claiborne's got to get out there. The times he's been out there, it's been impressive."

Claiborne said he had no problems with Jones' comments.

"I understand where he's coming from," Claiborne said Saturday. "Anytime you put that much money in somebody to go out and play, you want them out on the field playing. I understand exactly where he's coming from."

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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