Cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a setback in his breakout season, exiting Sunday’s game just before halftime with a right hamstring injury.
Claiborne couldn’t return for the second half, as rookie Byron Jones served as his primary replacement. The 25-year-old Claiborne doesn’t know the extent of his injury yet.
“I won’t know until tomorrow and further evaluation,” said Claiborne, who expects to undergo an MRI. “As of now, apparently it wasn’t good. I couldn’t finish the game.”
It’s another blow to what has been an injury-riddled career for Claiborne. He has missed 19 games in his career with three different injuries, including tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee in Week 4 against New Orleans that ended his season a year ago.
This year, though, Claiborne resurrected his career and played well for a secondary that lost Orlando Scandrick in training camp. He had been one of the bright spots.
“Oh, man. It’s tough,” Claiborne said. “It’s tough because you feel like you’re practicing and you’re working as hard as you can work. You’re doing all the things that’s necessary to win ball games, and you’re just not getting it done.”
Jones felt he handled replacing Claiborne well, considering it was the first time he played outside cornerback since training camp. The Cowboys liked Jones’ versatility coming out of college, and he has played multiple positions in the secondary all season.
“You’ve just got to understand that the coaches are putting you out there to get the job done,” Jones said. “So there’s really no excuse out there. Just get the job done. Just play ball really.”