By Mike Fisher | @fishsports

IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — Mo Claiborne returned to Valley Ranch late Tuesday and on Wednesday as well, a day after an angrily noon-time departure from the Cowboys’ facility while reacting to his demotion from the starting lineup in favor of Orlando Scandrick.

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“We informed Mo his role was going to change,” coach Jason Garrett said on Wednesday morning. “He didn’t take that news well. He did return to the building last night and is here this morning. … He will play this week (Sunday night against the Saints).”

Claiborne, the sixth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has not played at that level, as owner Jerry Jones acknowledged this week on 105.3 The Fan, saying, “Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the (second-round) pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No … But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne received a series of pep talks from teammates after skipping Tuesday’s scheduled events and then met with coaches later that evening.

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“He knows he made a mistake (in leaving the facility),” said Garrett. “He didn’t handle it the right way, clearly. He wants to play, he wants to compete, he wants to be a part of it. We dealt with it (with an in-house fine) and we move on.”

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