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Morris Claiborne Shines in First Practice with Cowboys

Morris Claiborne was wide awake in bed at 6 a.m. The first-round draft pick of the Cowboys couldn’t sleep.

Claiborne had been forced to watch and wait during spring workouts, sidelined because of surgery before the draft to repair ligament damage in his left wrist.

With a $16.4 million, four-year contract and his wrist finally healthy, Claiborne was finally on the field Wednesday with his new team during a practice for rookies and selected veterans. Training camp begins in Oxnard, Calif., next week.

“It feels good,” the 22-year-old All-American cornerback from LSU said about practicing at Valley Ranch. “I was ready to get out here.”

Claiborne said that he needed to practice. He fumbled the ball during a hands drill and stood with his hands on his hips to catch his breath between drills. Dallas traded up eight spots in April to get Claiborne, who went No. 6 overall.

“Anytime (you’re) coming off months laid back like that you’re going to have a little rust in there, but so far so good,” Claiborne said. “I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I know I have some work to do. You can go out and run a thousand laps, and you come back and you’re still not going to be in football shape.”

The 5-foot-11 cornerback spent most of practice working on the right side, which was his primary field position at LSU. Claiborne sported a brace on his left wrist, which he said he will wear for the entire season. He said he felt no pain during practice.

Claiborne led LSU with six interceptions last season and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. He had 11 interceptions in 26 games the past two seasons. He was also LSU’s top kickoff returner, averaging 25 yards per return including a 99-yard touchdown at West Virginia.

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