Cowboys VP: Claiborne needs to step up

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones wasn’t holding back Friday morning. The interviews at training camp aren’t always the most revealing but this was an exception.

Jones somewhat surprisingly admitted that he’s disappointed with the team’s top draft pick, Morris Claiborne, who has been sidelined with injuries for most of the offseason.

“Our young guys got to get healthy,” Jones told the Elf & Slater Show on 105.3 [KRLD-FM]. “There’s no excuse. All of them.”

Jones then mentioned rookie safety Matt Johnson and rookie defensive end Tyrone Crawford before saying, “Mo Claiborne’s got to get out there. The times he’s been out there, it’s been impressive. But he certainly can’t make the club in the tub, if you will. He’s got to get out there. It’s time. We got to start having a mentality that we’re going to play through things.”

Jones added: “You don’t ever see Jason Witten missing practice, and he’s going on 10 [seasons]. He just won’t miss. So, we got to have the young guys step up and play better.”

The cornerback out of LSU, who was the sixth overall pick, missed all of rookie minicamp, organized team activities and minicamp because of a surgically repaired left wrist. Recently, Claiborne has missed several days of training camp after spraining the MCL in his left knee last week.

Claiborne participated in Friday’s walk-through practice but was not expected to play in the Cowboys’ preseason opener Monday in Oakland.

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