The Cowboys' disappointment with 2012 sixth overall pick Morris Claiborne reached a head yesterday, when the cornerback skipped practice and angrily left the team's training facility after being informed that he was losing his spot in the starting lineup.
Dallas traded up to get Claiborne in 2012—one of the picks they gave up turned into Alshon Jeffery—and he hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Owner/GM Jerry Jones took to the radio yesterday to bemoan Claiborne's performance.
"Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth pick, gave up a pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No."
Later in the day, Claiborne was told he was losing his starting spot to Orlando Scandrick, who returned early from his amphetamine suspension thanks to the agreement on a new drug policy. (Scandrick claims he took MDMA while on vacation in Mexico.) So Claiborne took his playbook and went home.
A Cowboys source tells the Dallas Morning News that Claiborne will be fined, and could conceivably be suspended. But Claiborne returned to the Cowboys this morning, and he's expected to play in Sunday night's game, when he will likely be torched by New Orleans.