Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has missed the past five games with an avulsion fracture, but remains hopeful that he’ll be able to return before the end of the season.
Claiborne wore workout clothes and stretched with the team for the first time on Thursday, and believes he is making solid progress after tearing a piece of bone off his pelvis.
Claiborne has yet to get an updated MRI since his initial diagnosis and feels he will in the next week or two to determine how well he’s healed. At that point, he’ll have a better idea of when he might return.
“The plan is right now is to be back for the regular season,” Claiborne said. “We’ve got to get to where we can practice first. Once we start practicing, we can go from there. It’s a day-by-day thing.”
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Claiborne did rehab work on the resistance cords as the rest of the team practiced Thursday, saying he’s progressed to cutting during those exercises.
That is a good sign in Claiborne’s mind, although surgery remains an option. But, if the medical staff determines surgery is needed, Claiborne’s season will end.
That’s why they are taking their time.
“If I get the surgery, it’s going to be the end of my season, so might as well see how it heals, see if there’s a chance for me to return before we go any further with it,” Claiborne said. “So far it’s been good. I’ve been able to move around, do stuff I wasn’t able to do at first, so it’s just a day-by-day thing.”
Claiborne had been having a break-through season before sustaining the injury in the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The former first-round pick had finally flashed the potential that made him a top-10 pick coming out of LSU.
Stretching with the team on Thursday certainly put Claiborne in positive spirits.
“It put an extra bounce in my step just to be out there,” he said.
The Cowboys (11-1) play at the New York Giants (8-4) Sunday night.