Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne was ruled out of Sunday night’s overtime period against the Philadelphia Eagles with a groin injury. Also missing in the Dallas secondary was strong safety Barry Church, leaving Dallas’ defense unit depleted. But winning the toss in overtime and electing to receive, the offense marched down the field and scored on their first possession, ending the game and keeping their ravaged secondary on the sideline.
The Dallas secondary has been teetering on the edge during the season, as the depth is thin beyond the starters. Sixth-round draft choice from this year’s draft, Anthony Brown, is the back-up corner for Claiborne, but safety Byron Jones has the ability to move out wide as well if the situation dictated.
Taken sixth overall by the Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft out of LSU, Claiborne has been a mercurial member of the Dallas secondary ever since. He played, and started, 15 games during his rookie season, but hasn’t approached that number since then. Suffering numerous injuries, he was limited to just four games in 2014, before returning last season to start 11 games.
With injuries taking their toll, the Cowboys brought back Claiborne in 2016 on a one-year deal. He’s had just three career interceptions and his highest tackle total came during his rookie season when he piled up 55 of them.
Claiborne will have a week to recover from the injury, as the 6-1 Cowboys travel to Cleveland next weekend to take on the 0-8 Browns. Neither Claiborne nor Church’s status is currently known.