In fact, Claiborne understands why the front office would be frustrated with having its top pick sidelined by a wrist injury during organized team activities and minicamp, and now a knee injury in training camp.
"I understand where he's coming from," Claiborne said Saturday, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. "Anytime you put that much money in somebody to go out and play, you want them out on the field playing. I understand exactly where he's coming from."
The Cowboys traded up to select Claiborne with the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The slot came with a four-year contract worth $16.264 million in fully guaranteed money, including a $10,268,728 signing bonus.
The Cowboys expect the corner from LSU to start immediately across from free-agent addition Brandon Carr, but Claiborne's preseason debut might be on hold. Claiborne practiced a bit on Saturday, but is not expected to play in Monday night's game against the Oakland Raiders. The rookie, however, should play against the San Diego Chargers next Saturday night.
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