Cowboys’ top pick corner Jones out with shoulder injury

Cornerback Byron Jones was the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick at No. 27 in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

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The Cowboys had perhaps their biggest injury scare of training camp on Sunday, as Byron Jones left practice with a left shoulder injury.

It was a scary five minutes for the first-round draft pick, who collided with Morris Claiborne during seven-on-seven drills and had team doctors examine his shoulder before heading to the locker room. It was also concerning for Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, who watched the situation play out.

Speaking to reporters after practice, however, the owner/GM said he had received some encouraging news about the No. 27 overall pick.

"I have been worried ever since he had that fall, but I’ve gotten some information that basically it’s not as bad as it could have been," Jerry Jones said.

Claiborne and Jones lost track of each other while in coverage during the pass skeleton drill and knocked into each other in the middle of the field. Claiborne came away without any injury issues, but Jones was down on the ground for several minutes.

"It’s a football accident," Claiborne said. "We were in kind of an under deep man with help over the top, so we play underneath and we didn’t see each other and collided. That’s football. I’m OK. I hope he’s alright."

It appears that he will be. 

"It may involve a few days here of special attention, but over the long but short run this coming week, he should be back out here," Jerry Jones said. "I don’t know if he’ll be back for San Francisco (Aug. 23 exhibition game), but we’re not talking about out long."

That sounds about right, given the way the Cowboys have handled their injuries at training camp. Dallas has two days of practice against the St. Louis Rams coming up to start the week. After an off day, they’ll practice twice more before heading to San Francisco for preseason game No. 2. Even if Jones’ injury isn’t serious, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cowboys handle their first-round pick cautiously.

Jones, out of the University of Connecticut  made news at the NFL Combine — and likely helped his draft status — when he set an NFL Combine record with a 12-foot, 3-inch broad jump. The distance was also better than the modern-day world record of 12.17 feet.

Plus, Jones posted the second-best vertical jump at the NFL Combine with a leap of 44.5 inches.


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