NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys first-round pick, cornerback Morris Claiborne, injured?

By Marian Hinton

It’s that time of year: Spring training.

Each day, coaches and fans alike hope that they don’t hear about star players getting injured before the season even begins, yet unfortunately, injuries do indeed occur–sometimes they’re serious, sometimes not, but either way, it’s never settling when it happens–particularly when it comes to a team’s first-round draft pick.

Sources close to the Dallas Cowboys have stated that the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick out of LSU, Morris Claiborne, tweaked his knee earlier this week, keeping him out of practice today.

At first glance, Claiborne’s injury isn’t expected to be too serious, but he will have an MRI tomorrow to indicate its severity.

Claiborne, considered to be one of the top overall defenders in the draft, is expected to come in and make an immediate impact in the Cowboys’ secondary, one of their weakest areas the last couple of seasons.

The No. 6 overall pick of this year’s NFL Draft was a unanimous All-American last season with the Tigers and was the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back.

It’s been a rough couple of days for the rookie, but in all fairness, he’s had the job of covering Cowboys’ stud wide receiver, Dez Bryant.

Again, though the injury isn’t expected to be too serious, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It’s unfortunate, however, because it’s always tough to know whether or not to be cautious or give your rookies much-needed time on the field to prepare for the upcoming season.

Again, though it isn’t believed to keep him out long, if at all, it’s something to keep an eye on for the next couple of days.

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