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Mo Claiborne’s done in 2014: Stop adding insult to injury

Brian Leatherman

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Just when things seem they couldn’t get any worse for Mo Claiborne, they do. Mid way through the first quarter Claiborne went down while defending a Saints wide receiver on a pass play. You knew it was bad, and he knew it was bad as he laid on the turf almost motionless.

Tests confirmed that Claiborne had torn his patellar tendon on the play, which means he’ll need surgery to repair the tendon and put an end to his 2014 season.

For anyone that’s read my pieces or talked with me about Mo Claiborne, you know I’ve backed the man since the first time his named was announced by the commissioner with the 6th pick of the 2012 draft.

I guess it’s because I saw the man’s heart and emotions on the day he was drafted, or maybe because I’m from the same town Mo was born and raised and I wanted to see the home town kid make it.  Either way, I knew I was going to pull for the newest Cowboy to the bitter end.

He’s had his struggles, and I’ve felt those struggles were mainly because of injury and defensive scheme change. I really felt this year was going to be his break-out season, and the way he started in training camp, he was making me look good.

But then he started to get banged up, and started missing some time in training camp, and then started missing preseason games. He said – and the team said – it was for precautionary reasons. But for whatever reason, he was catching heat from the fans and the media.

Season starts, he gets the starting nod because of the Orlando Scandrick suspension. Mo has a rough first game, but bounces back in his second game against the Titans. The third game was probably his worst game of his career even though he did make a game ending interception.

Mo was blasted like never before, again by the fans and media. But this time the team felt it was time to make a change as well. Scandrick would be named starter and Mo didn’t take the news very well, he’d felt the heat and it reached a boiling point and he stormed out of Valley Ranch.

Many fans were glad to see the demotion take place, and the media was more than happy to report the eruption that took place.  Later that same evening, after thinking about everything that went down, Mo realized he was in the wrong for reacting the way he did and later apologized to his coaches and teammates.

The news of his apology was reported by the media, but it sure didn’t have the same impact of the reports of him lashing out. Some fans were just glad he was demoted and that he would finally find his place on the bench, were they feel he belongs.

Fast forward to Sunday night. Mo ends up on the starting defense because the team opens up in a nickel defense (three defensive backs) and ended up playing 5 of the first 8 plays before getting injured and replaced by Sterling Moore.

The injury was so severe Claiborne could barely put any weight on his knee. My heart went out to the guy, because all he ever wanted was to live up to everyone’s expectations and now? He won’t have the chance to even try.

Slowly the news came out that Mo was done for the year, and I started reading where fans were happy about Claiborne’s season-ending injury. I felt a couple of different emotions when I was reading these absurd posts and tweets. Anger, yes, but I also felt pity for ruthless and salty people.

The man gives his blood, sweat, and tears for YOUR team, and people have the audacity to be happy when they learn he’ll be out for the year with a knee injury. I don’t know, are some people just that immature, or maybe just ignorant? Nah, some people are just that damned heartless, where they don’t care about anything other than getting what they want.

I’m all about putting the best players on the field to help the team win, but I will never celebrate another person’s injury in doing so. I don’t care who it is, what sport it is, or what team he plays for. It’s inhumane to cheer for another person to get hurt or cheer when he/she actually does get hurt.

For the people cheering at the news of Mo Claiborne, or any other athlete for that matter, shame on you for that, and I hope you never have to feel the way Mo Claiborne is feeling today. Even though each and every one of you that have cheered this man’s demise deserves it.

In saying that, you got what you wanted, he’s on the bench and not playing again this year. So now it’s time to get of his back.

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Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

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80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

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In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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