Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys' Morris Claiborne is ready to go

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne hasn’t played a down in the preseason due to a knee injury, but the second-year player out of LSU says he is ready to go.

“I’m ready for the opportunities I have now,” Claiborne told The Shreveport Times on Thursday following practice at the Cowboys’ headquarters. “I’ve missed a lot of time. I’m getting healthy and I’m ready for Sunday.”

Claiborne has been going up against Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in practice to help get ready for Sunday’s opener against the New York Giants.  “Any time you get a chance you get to go against those guys, that’s as close to the game as you’re going to get,” fellow cornerback and teammate Brandon Carr said. The cornerback has been taking reps with the scout team and putting in extra work to help get ready.

“I feel like my mind is right. I feel like my mind is ready. I’ve just got to get my body caught up with my mind,” Claiborne told the Dallas Morning News earlier this week.

Claiborne has high hopes for his sophomore season and high expectations for himself and secondary-mate Brandon Carr: “We’re striving to be the best tandem in the league,” Claiborne said. “I think we can do that. “

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