Dallas Cowboys

Morris Claiborne won’t be ready for return for awhile

Morris Claiborne has been absent from the practice field as much as he’s been on it during off-season and training camp practices in his three seasons. He will miss even more time as he continues his rehab from a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Claiborne will miss the off-season program with the cornerback’s rehab possibly continuing into the start of training camp.

“Don’t anticipate him being ready in the spring,” Garrett said. “We are hopefully about training camp. He might be one of those guys who doesn’t start right away in training camp, but that’s a long way off. That’s premature. But I wouldn’t anticipate him being too involved in the spring.”

Claiborne has missed 18 regular-season games the past two seasons. He has played in only two preseason games in his career. Off-season surgery on his left shoulder kept him out of part of last off-season.