Scandrick injury another blow to Dallas D

November, 28, 2012
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The Dallas Cowboys are already playing with four defensive starters on injured reserve, and unless they can somehow reach at least the divisional round of this year's playoffs, it appears slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out for the season as well. Scandrick says he'll miss 6-to-8 weeks after having surgery to repair his broken left hand. Per Calvin Watkins:
Scandrick also said he's got a bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his wrist. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, the Cowboys elected not to place Scandrick on injured reserve in the hope he could return for any potential postseason games.

"I just want to come back and help my team anyway that I can," Scandrick said Wednesday.

The team does need it. Starting inside linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, as well as safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman are all on injured reserve. They do have depth at cornerback, with Mike Jenkins behind starters Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, but Scandrick has played well as the slot corner and had the job because the Cowboys believed him to be better suited for it than the others. Carr has shown a lot of versatility, even filling in at safety at times earlier this year, so it's possible he could handle it. But that likely would weaken the secondary on the outside.

Should be a really interesting matchup Sunday night between the Philadelphia Eagles, who are down to four healthy starters on offense, and the Cowboys' shredded defense.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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