Fatherhood entertaining, challenging for Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne

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Daddy’s top 5

In addition to being a young cornerback for the Cowboys, Morris Claiborne is a young father. He has a 3-year-old son, but he can’t be with him while he spends a month in California for training camp. He talked about five things that surprise and challenge him about his son and fatherhood:

1 “Some of the things that he says. I’ll be like, ‘Where do you get that from?’”

2 “He’s always running behind a dog. He always wants to wrestle a dog.”

3 “When he wants to eat, now he doesn’t pull me to take him to get something. He walks downstairs to the pantry and gets what he wants. Unless he can’t reach it. He likes to eat dry cereal. That’s his favorite. Lucky Charms. Picks all the marshmallows out of it.”

4 “You’re used to seeing his face and hugging him and playing with him. You can’t see him as much as you want to. But I try to FaceTime him every day.”

5 “It’s a challenge. Just like they say football is a grind out here, it’s a grind trying to keep up with your son and make sure you’re in his life.”

Franchise faces

It’s starting to look like a Cowboys family reunion at training camp. On Wednesday, Michael Irvin arrived on assignment with NFL Network. On Friday, Nate Newton, Dat Nguyen, Babe Laufenberg and Keyshawn Johnson hit the field with their microphones and pads. Newton and Nguyen are radio personalities, Johnson is an analyst for ESPN and Laufenberg is the sports anchor at CBS 11. Jay Novacek dropped in, too, just visiting. Johnson, by the way, said he is working on a documentary about the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC.

Hot head

Cole Beasley said it had to be done. It was too hot in Texas. He couldn’t take it anymore. He cut his hair. “There were no five reasons,” he said. “Just one.” Now, instead of running around with blond locks flowing out from his helmet, he’s got a neat trim. But it won’t stay like that forever. “It’ll be back,” he said. “It’s coming back.”

Planet approval

Jason Garrett was asked about the new name of his home stadium. Not surprisingly, he approved. “Anybody you have ever talked to who has been there is unbelievably impressed by it,” he said. “I’m no architect, but the architecture there is incredible. The field that you have as a player, as a coach, as a football team playing there, we think it’s unique. We think it’s the best place on the planet. It’s great that they got that deal done.”

Quote board

“If they are, it’s a shame. This game is hard enough. Why cheat? Go out and bust your butt like everybody else and become a better player. Don’t cheat. This game is going to give you what you work for. Don’t cheat nobody. There’s a lot of guys out there busting their butt every day to be the best player they can be, and you go and dope and kick their butt and think that’s fair? I don’t believe in that at all. I believe in hard work.” – Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, on HGH users in pro football

“The coaching staff saw something in me that they like. That’s all it takes, one team. I have a great sense of respect for Coach Garrett and Coach Jerry Jones to put me on their board and draft me. I just want to come out here and prove them right, that they got the right pick.” – Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox

Injury report

DE Ben Bass, ankle, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

WR Danny Coale, knee, day-to-day

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles, out for season

DT Ike Igbinosun, foot, undetermined

LS L.P. Ladouceur, calf, day-to-day

OG Ron Leary, calf, day-to-day

OG Nate Livings, foot, returned to practice

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

TE James Hanna, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

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