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Hot routes: Rookie QB rates his five top movie picks

As a way to get away from the books during finals week last spring, Cowboys rookie quarterback Dustin Vaughan made a humorous parody film showcasing his “athletic” ability.

The film went viral and gained more notoriety once Vaughan joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M. Vaughan has no intentions of becoming an actor and is focused on making an NFL team. But he is an avid moviegoer and listed his top-five films.

His top five movies:

1 Braveheart. “I love the plot in general. Mel Gibson was absolutely amazing in the movie, and I just like fighting, intense movies.”

2 Gladiator. “Same thing as Braveheart. I like when you go back in time and history and see these kinds of movies. The director made you feel hatred towards the guy who was putting the gladiator under such distress and made you love the gladiator. It’s just cool how the movie took you through that ride.”

3 Remember the Titans. “Football. Denzel Washington. I just think it’s a classic movie, and I love Denzel as an actor.”

4 Due Date. “Funny movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. They’re just absolutely hilarious in the movie.”

5 Shooter. “Marky Mark [Mark Wahlberg] is great, man. And I like the aspect of a sniper being able to make things happen from miles away. It was awesome how they put that story together and how it started and ended.”

X-rays for Claiborne

Cornerback Morris Claiborne is the latest to join a growing list of players on the injury report. He “twisted” his right knee during Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

Claiborne was scheduled to undergo X-rays on it and owner Jerry Jones did not know if he would require an MRI. Jones felt optimistic because trainer Jim Maurer didn’t express the same level of concern as he did Tuesday with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Quotes of the day

“I couldn’t even tell you. I left my doctor degree in Dallas.” — defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on how long DeMarcus Lawrence will be out

“We’re totally committed to make Dez [Bryant] a Cowboy for life. Our plans from Day 1 … figure a way to get Dez and Tyron [Smith] extended.” executive vice president Stephen Jones on locking up star receiver Dez Bryant

Injury report

DE DeMarcus Lawrence (ankle/foot): Scheduled to undergo foot surgery Thursday and miss 8-10 weeks.

CB Morris Claiborne (right knee): Injured knee during practice Wednesday and was undergoing further examination.

G Ronald Leary (strained hamstring): Placed on PUP list but is expected to return this week.

DT Terrell McClain (ankle): Carted off field Sunday and is day-to-day.

S Matt Johnson (hamstring): Out at least a week.

DE Ben Gardner (shoulder): Day to day.

DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery on knee): Placed on PUP list and will be monitored daily.

DT Amobi Okoye (personal health issue): Placed on non-football injury list.

LB Will Smith (groin): Day-to-day.

T Darius Morris (hamstring): Day-to-day.