The Dallas Cowboys had the luxury of having Wild Card Weekend off, and now their secondary will see a huge benefit of having the time off.
“He’s going to have rust because he’s been off but some of the things that he does you can’t coach,” Jones said. “They’re not necessarily from experience. They are just his natural gifts and we’ll benefit from those. We certainly know he was playing at the highest level and best level he’s played his career before he got his setback, his injury. I’d hope he can take right back up where he left off. That’s probably optimistic, but we will certainly be better off for him being out there then we would be if he were watching the game.”
After Claiborne went down in the final week of October, Dallas opted to start rookie Anthony Brown in-place of Claiborne. Brown played alongside veteran cornerbacks Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr on defense.
Last week, Claiborne practiced two times, and is expected to practice tomorrow once the Cowboys start preparing for their divisional round match-up with the Green Bay Packers. This will be the second time they will take on Green Bay this season.
Claiborne told reporters today that he is currently not experiencing any soreness, and that he feels “ready to go” to help try to advance the Cowboys to their first NFC Championship Game since 1995.
The 26-year-old Claiborne has tailed 26 total tackles this season to go along with 5 pass deflections and 1 interception. For his career, Claiborne has 151 tackles, 27 pass deflections, and 4 interceptions.
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