Brace not affecting Claiborne in practice

BY foxsports • July 26, 2012

IRVING, Texas — Asked to describe his left wrist brace after practice Thursday, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne said it's "a little Megatron type thing." The extra protection was custom made specifically for Claiborne, preventing his surgically-repaired wrist from bending backward.

"The brace bends with my wrist," Claiborne explained. "The more range of motion I get the more I can push it back."

He added: "In college, I wore a little brace on it, so it's nothing new to me. I'm used to it. As long as I got my hand, I'm good."

According to Claiborne, the brace has no affect on his ability to catch the ball, something he did better during drills on Thursday. On Wednesday, the LSU product dropped multiple passes in drills, whiffed on two punt returns and juggled a third.

"I feel a big difference from yesterday," Claiborne said. "I can feel it. I can feel my wind and stuff picking up. I felt like I could go a little longer today than I did yesterday."

The sixth overall pick in this year's NFL Draft had surgery to repair ligament damage in April. Claiborne continues to rehabilitate his left wrist by doing minor exercises for 30 minutes to an hour each day when he's not on the field. He said Thursday that he doesn't feel any discomfort when he catches the football but does experience some pain when he braces himself when falling to the ground.

"You got a little bit of pain because I'm still doing therapy on it," he said. "I'm still trying to work it out.

"I don't feel nothing when I catch it. The only way is if I fall, like I did today, and I kind of felt a little pain, but it's nothing new."

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