Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

First-round draft pick Morris Claiborne is hoping his left wrist is recovered in time for him to be on the field for the Dallas Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp in June.

Original projections before the NFL draft put Claiborne, the sixth overall pick out of LSU, on the field for the first time in July when the Cowboys reported for the start of training camp.

Pins were removed from Claiborne's wrist last week, but he’s still wearing a soft cast and unable to work out. If he’s able to put the wrist in a splint, he could take part in the June 12-14 minicamp on a limited basis.

“I hope to be fully recovered and ready for that,” Claiborne said.

Claiborne suffered the injury in LSU’s regular-season game Nov. 5 against Alabama but played the rest of the season. He underwent surgery to repair ligaments after the NFL combine and his pro day in March.

"I'm so eager and ready," Claiborne told ESPN.com. "It's hard just sitting there, watching, knowing you can do it but you've just got one, small thing wrong with you holding you back. But I'm looking forward to it and trying to push that up."

Training camp for Cowboys rookies, quarterbacks and injured players begins July 25.

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