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No Claiborne For Camp But Top Pick Excited

IRVING, Texas --As expected, first-round pick Morris Claiborne was mostly a spectator during Friday's opening rookie minicamp practice.

The rookie cornerback wore his No. 24 jersey and a cast on his surgically-repaired wrist -- a torn ligament that likely will sideline him for most of the offseason workouts.

Claiborne, who arrived Thursday with the rest of the draft picks, rookie free agents and workout guys, was still excited about his first practice as a professional -- even if it meant more mental reps than anything.

"I was holding myself back," Claiborne said with a smile. "The whole time I was out there I was just itching. . . . I'll be fully ready to go by camp time."

Right now the wrist is preventing Claiborne from running, too. He's expected to have three pins removed next week in Baton Rouge, La., where his LSU campus is located.

As for his expectations for his rookie season?

go out and give it 100 percent," he said. "The sky is the limit. I'm going to go out every day and work out and try to earn a spot on this team.

"It's a goal to start. Who wouldn't want to start? But I'm going to go in every day and go 100 percent."

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