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Morris Claiborne eager to get back on the field Monday night

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne expects to play Monday night after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury.
Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne expects to play Monday night after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury. Star-Telegram

Morris Claiborne will return to the lineup Monday night.

“I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” Claiborne said Wednesday during the team’s annual visits to local children’s hospitals. “It’s a Monday night game. I’m excited for that, excited to be back on the field.”

The starting cornerback missed the past two games with a right hamstring injury. He injured it against the Bucs on Nov. 15, leaving the field after 23 plays.

Claiborne said he expects to be limited in practice early this week.

“That’s definitely how it’s going to play out,” Claiborne said. “I know they’re not going to just throw me out there and just expect me to go. They’re going to work me into it, and I’m ready for it.”

He won’t declare himself 100 percent yet, but he said he’s close.

“I would say I’m pushing toward it,” Claiborne said. “We’ll see. We still have a couple more days to try to get ready for this game. So as the days go on, I feel like I’ve been getting better and better each and every day.”

Claiborne, a first-round draft pick in 2012, has missed 21 games in his career with injuries.

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