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Morris Claiborne exits with concussion after collision with Sean Lee


Cornerback Morris Claiborne sustained a concussion in the second quarter, colliding with Sean Lee on a pass breakup.

Claiborne said afterward that he felt better and expected to be ready to play after the Cowboys’ bye week.

“I feel good right now,” Claiborne said. “Honestly, walking off the field I had a headache but it’s eased up. My balance and everything is good. Nothing has bothered me, so I feel good.”

Claiborne smiled when asked what he remembered about the play.

“Breaking the pass up,” he said.

Lee felt terrible about hitting Claiborne on a split-second play, saying he views him like “a brother.”

“You feel bad any time you see one of your friends, a guy I consider a brother, hurt like that,” Lee said. “You are praying he is OK. You want to hit hard, but you never want to see anyone injured.”

Losing Claiborne early in the game was a blow to an already depleted secondary. Orlando Scandrick was sidelined again as he deals with issues in each of his hamstrings.

That forced the Cowboys to move safety Byron Jones to nickel cornerback with rookie Anthony Brown taking over for Claiborne. Reserve safety Jeff Heath filled in for Jones.

Claiborne couldn’t have been happier than the way the defense stepped up in his absence. He has been one of the surprise players of the season, but the defense still held the Packers’ offense in check all day.

“They performed. They stepped up,” Claiborne said. “We didn’t even have enough DBs on the bench. Jeff Heath coming down and playing receivers … take your hat off to the secondary. We’ve got guys who are committed to this team and when their number is called, they step up to the plate.”

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