Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will miss Monday night’s game vs. the Chicago Bears with the hamstring injury that knocked him out of the Week 12 win over the New York Giants. The former sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of LSU originally hurt the hamstring in the 30-31 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 8 and missed the next two weeks.
This is shaping up as a lost season for the former unanimous All-American and Thorpe Award winner who Dallas traded up to select in the 2012 draft. Claiborne missed the bulk of the preseason with a knee injury, had his shoulder pop out twice in teh season opener and has had this lingering hamstring injury.
Even when Claiborne has been healthy and on the field, he simply hasn’t justified his draft slot. He lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick and with hamstrings known to linger, it’s unlikely he makes a significant impact this season even when he returns to action.
He has 24 tackles this season with one interception–against Peyton Manning nonetheless–and is going to need a big 2014 season to avoid being labeled a bust.
A high-ranking scout for another NFL team told USA TODAY Sports recently, speaking on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons, “The LSU guy (Morris Claiborne) hasn’t played that good.”
He has two career interceptions in 25 games. By comparison he had 11 in his final two seasons at LSU. Maybe it’s too soon to label him as a bust and it may not be fair to evaluate him while injured, but Claiborne is definitely trending in that direction.