When Jerry Jones and others reported that Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick had been suspended by the NFL, Cowboys fans must have face-palmed. The four-game suspension certainly hurts the defense that has already been affected by others going down. The only thing the Cowboys can hope is that Morris Claiborne can play well and stay healthy.
This is more than just a simple blow for this team. Scandrick has been ranked as a top-15 cornerback in the NFL. In 2013, he had 64 tackles, two touchdowns and two interceptions. They will miss him without a double, but at least the suspension is only for four games.
Scandrick might not think that he did anything wrong, but the fact that he put himself in a position to have something PED-related in his system is not a very good idea. After all, there are tons of guys who went on vacations this summer without vacating their team’s starting lineup for four games.
If Scandrick is indeed actually the victim of bad timing, the really good news from this bad news is that we should not see repeat offenses in this situation. With any luck for Cowboys fans and players, he’ll be back out there and playing well to help the ‘Boys win a few games in 2014.