For the third offseason of cornerback Morris Claiborne’s four years in Dallas, he will start offseason workouts injured and unable to participate. Even when talking about practice reps, the sixth overall in 2012 is restless with anticipation.
"I can’t wait," Claiborne said Friday at the 27th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon. "Like I said, it’s one of those things. It’s a day-by-day thing. I’m getting better each and every day; getting stronger each and every day. You know, that’s all I can ask for at this moment."
The four-year pro out of LSU has recently begun running again, a feat the 2011 SEC Defensive Player of the Year calls being "in a better place."
"I was at a point where people thought I wasn’t going to walk again," Claiborne said. "I’m in a better place now in my life and in coping with my injuries and coming back from them."
According to Claiborne, he still hasn’t been cleared to practice, and he likely won’t earn such clearance until training camp.
After a divisional playoff exit highlighted by a pass rush unable to affect Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Claiborne likes the Cowboys bolstering the pass rush by adding defensive end Greg Hardy.
"We all compensate for each other," said Claiborne. "The front line compensates for the back line. The back line compensates for those guys. And having that pass rush is going to be important and it’s going to be big for us.
"I believe we’ll have the pass rush. We just have to do our job on the back end, point being blank."