IRVING, Texas — Former LSU standout Morris Claiborne is back with the Dallas Cowboys a day after walking out on the team when he was told he had lost his starting job at cornerback to Orlando Scandrick.
Claiborne, a former LSU standout, who was beaten for several big plays before making the clinching interception in a 34-31 win at St. Louis last weekend, will play Sunday against Drew Brees and New Orleans.
Coach Jason Garrett said Claiborne faced discipline, but declined to offer specifics. He practiced Wednesday.
The former top 10 pick started the first three games, but only because Scandrick was out on a drug suspension when the season began. Scandrick’s four-game ban was rescinded after two games, and he and Claiborne played a similar number of snaps against the Rams.
Cassel, Fusco finished for season with Vikings: In Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will miss the season with broken bones in his left foot, and right guard Brandon Fusco will also be out for the rest of the year with a pectoral muscle injury.
The Vikings placed Cassel and Fusco on injured reserve Wednesday. Both players were hurt Sunday at New Orleans.
Cassel was replaced by rookie Teddy Bridgewater, and Christian Ponder will be the backup moving forward. Vladimir Ducasse filled in for Fusco.
Quarterback Glennon gets chance vs. Steelers: In Tampa, Florida, Mike Glennon is getting another opportunity to prove he is Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future.
With starter Josh McCown unlikely to play this week against Pittsburgh, the second-year backup practiced with the No. 1 offense Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers.
It’s the second straight season Glennon has been thrust into the starting lineup following an 0-3 start.
Injured wrist keeps Locker out of practice: In Nashville, Tennessee, Titans quarterback Jake Locker did not practice Wednesday because of an injured right wrist, and whether he plays against the Indianapolis Colts will depend on how much he heals up by Sunday.
Locker said he’s getting better each day and working as hard as he can to return as soon as possible.
He was hurt during a 33-7 loss to Cincinnati, and Locker says his wrist started hurting more after the game.
Harrison returns to new-look linebacker corp: In Pittsburgh, James Harrison returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers to a locker room that looks different than the one he left two years ago.
Arthur Moats, 26, will start at outside linebacker this week against winless Tampa Bay. Sean Spence, 24, will start at inside linebacker. Harrison will be a pass-rush specialist if he sees the field at all following his return from a brief retirement.
Safety Branch goes on IR; claim Ross: In London, the Oakland Raiders have placed safety Tyvon Branch on injured reserve and claimed Brandian Ross off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.
Branch broke his foot in Sunday’s loss at New England and will miss the rest of the season. This marks the second straight year Branch was done in by an early season injury. He hurt his ankle in the second game of 2013 and missed the rest of the year.
Tackle Monroe out after knee surgery: In Owings Mills, Maryland, Baltimore left tackle Eugene Monroe will be sidelined for several weeks following knee surgery.
Coach John Harbaugh says Monroe was scheduled to undergo “a minor surgical” procedure and will miss “a number of weeks.”
Harbaugh says Monroe will be replaced by rookie James Hurst, who will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Punter stunned by 911 calls before Bironas’ crash: In Nashville, Tennessee, a former teammate says it is hard to comprehend everything being said about what happened the night of ex-Titans kicker Rob Bironas’ fatal car accident.
Punter Brett Kern said Wednesday descriptions of Brionas chasing people and trying to run them off the road before losing control of his SUV last Saturday are stunning because he never saw anything that would indicate the man he called a big brother could behave that way.
Kern says Bironas, cut in March, had installed a kicking net in his backyard expecting to sign with another NFL team. He said Bironas believed his Detroit workout went well.
last week in Detroit went well.
Yet a missing person report filed by his new bride and disturbing 911 calls have raised questions about the circumstances around Bironas’ one-vehicle accident.