IRVING, Texas - Morris Claiborne is backing up Orlando Scandrick and preparing to play plenty of snaps against New Orleans, just as he did in several games last year. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxnz.com/]Cheap Air Max Nz Shoes[/url] . For reasons he wouldnt fully explain, the third-year Dallas cornerback had a much harder time accepting that plan this time around. Claiborne returned to practice Wednesday a day after walking out on the team upon hearing that he was being replaced as a starter by Scandrick. The former top-10 pick skipped meetings and a short walk-through practice Tuesday before returning to the facility about eight hours later to meet with coach Jason Garrett, who said Claiborne would be disciplined but wouldnt reveal how. Claiborne said he left the facility because he was angry over how the lineup change was presented to me, not because he was being demoted. But he wouldnt offer more details. I was ready for whatever fines or anything came with that, said Claiborne, who said he hasnt been told how he will be punished. I felt like if I stayed, who knows what would have happened. I felt like the best thing for me to do was to leave. Scandrick missed the first two games because of a four-game drug suspension. When that ban was rescinded last week, he returned and played about as much as Claiborne, who was beaten several times but made a clinching interception in a 34-31 victory at St. Louis. Claiborne said himself that he stunk it up against the Rams, and that the late pick wasnt enough to make up for getting beat repeatedly. But that didnt mean he was ready for someone to tell him hed lost his job. I think he understood that he made a mistake, Garrett said. Guys are competitors. When they hear news that doesnt go their way, different guys react different ways. He obviously knew he didnt react the right way. After meeting with Garrett, Claiborne said he apologized to his teammates Wednesday morning. After practice, several players said they supported Claiborne and understood why he felt the need to leave. I think Mo cares a lot, quarterback Tony Romo said. I think it was something he probably wishes he would have made a different decision. In saying that, hes a good teammate and he works hard and hes going to help our football team a lot this year. The cornerbacks will be a focal point Sunday night against Drew Brees and the Saints (1-2), who became the first team in NFL history to get 40 first downs in a 49-17 blowout of the Cowboys (2-1) last year. Brees has thrown for 838 yards and seven touchdowns the past two seasons against Dallas. Im going to play a big role on this team in this game to come and in games to come down the road, Claiborne said. Im here to stand up and fill the shoes that I need to fill and do whatever I need to do for this team. Because of injuries and inconsistent play, Claiborne hasnt lived up to expectations since the Cowboys gave up their second-round draft choice to move up eight spots and get him with the sixth overall pick out of LSU in 2012. Owner Jerry Jones even acknowledged on his radio show Tuesday that Claiborne hadnt produced like he hoped. But the former Louisiana high school star said the burden of what he cost the Cowboys wasnt a factor in Tuesdays drama. Thats what people say, said Claiborne, who has one interception in each of his three seasons. I dont feel it. I never really think about it. Scandrick started a career-high 15 games last year and was one of the best players in training camp, but Claiborne got the first three starts this year because of Scandricks suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. A change to the policy brought him back early. Asked last week whether he should start, Scandrick said it was up to the coaches. Asked again after Claibornes demotion, the seventh-year player offered a stronger opinion. I feel like Im still ascending as a player, said Scandrick, a fifth-round pick in 2008. And yes, I do feel like Ive earned the right to play full time. Claiborne doesnt disagree. He just feels the same way about himself. NOTES: Romo skipped practice Wednesday, just as he did last week before playing his best game since returning from back surgery. ... LB Justin Durant (groin) returned to practice and will likely return against the Saints after missing two games, while LB Rolando McClain is still out with his groin problem. ... Henry Melton (hamstring), Terrell McClain (concussion) and Davon Coleman (knee) didnt practice, leaving just two healthy DTs in Nick Hayden and Ken Bishop. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxnz.com/]Cheap Air Max Nz Online[/url] .com) - The Toronto Raptors are paying Rudy Gay a visit on Wednesday night when they head into the Sleep Train Arena to take on the Sacramento Kings. 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"Sometimes when things arent going perfect for you, you take them any way you can get them. Hopefully, its the start of a little streak here." Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice wasnt too pleased that it happened Monday. "I dont think that game should have gone to 3-1," Maurice said. "I dont think thats an automatic goal. I dont think its a slash. He goes down, maybe they locked feet. But its not unimpeded progress. That game should be still 2-1 in my mind. "But 2-1 is still a deficit for us." Ryan Miller made 16 saves for the Blues, who are 7-0-1 since he was acquired by trade from Buffalo. St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine. Western Conference-leading St. Louis has an NHL-best 101 points. It is the sixth time in franchise history that the Blues have reached 100 points. Backes has 23 goals this season. Brendan Morrow added a goal, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists in the Blues win. Eric ODell had the lone goal for Winnipeg, and Al Montoya mmade 23 saves. 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