Dallas Cowboys News: Orlando Scandrick’s Return From Drug Suspension A Boost To Team

The Dallas Cowboys are looking forward to the return of cornerback Orlando Scandrick as the NFL’s newly revised drug policy takes place and the cornerback is reinstated to the team.

The team heard from the NFL on Wednesday that Scandrick was eligible to return, the result of a new drug policy ironed out between the league and the NFL Players Association last week. Scandrick had been serving a four-game suspension, but was available for immediate re-instatement as soon as the new policy went into effect.

On Wednesday, coach Jason Garrett said he was happy that Orlando Scandrick was reinstated, but wasn’t sure if Scandrick would be back on the field just yet.

“We’re going to see how he does in practice today,” Garrett said. “We believe in competitive situations. We don’t have any doctrines about if a guy’s a starter when he gets hurt, does he come back as starter? We look at the guys, see who can help and what role they can help us in. He’s certainly been a good player for us. The other guys have played well in his absence. Excited to have him back.”

The Dallas Cowboys had called on Sterling Moore to take over the nickel cornerback spot in Scandrick’s absence. The team has played above its defensive expectations through two weeks, but could still get stronger with Scandrick back.

On Tuesday, fellow Cowboys players said they looked forward to Scandrick’s return, adding that it was be a big boost to the team.

“It would mean a lot,” Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. “You’re talking about a guy who can blitz, cover and he actually has a real good motor on the field and has a knack for making plays. That would definitely be a great positive to have Orlando back. Right now, we’re just holding it down for him and doing the best we can do.”

The Dallas Cowboys have not yet said if Orlando Scandrick will be playing on Sunday.

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