Garrett on Scandrick's ejection: Obviously not a good thing

August, 12, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Late in Sunday's practice, slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick was 'ejected' after touching an official. Scandrick was trying to make a tackle when he moved the head linesman out of the way.

It appeared accidental, but the official threw the flag and signaled ejection. Scandrick took himself out of practice and said it was an accident.

Coach Jason Garrett said Scandrick spoke with him, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and secondary coach Jerome Henderson about the incident.

"It's obviously not a good thing and we have those officials out there for a reason," Garrett said Monday. "Coaches are supposed to coach and players are supposed to play. Officials are supposed to officiate and that's what happens in a game, and that's what we try to create in practice. One of the really good things about our training camp is it's very competitive. We have competitive players and we try to put them in situations where they can compete hard against each other and that's what we've been doing and that's been good for our team.

"I think having a moment like that, even though it's a bad moment at the time for the player and for our team, it can be a great learning tool as well. The importance of competing the right way, keeping your poise and doing the right things and doing things that winning football players and winning football teams do. It was not a good thing, it was a bad incident but you got to move on from it and learn from it."

Garrett said the team won't fine Scandrick, who participated in Monday's walk-through practice.

"Orlando really initiated all of the conversations with all of us and he understood what he did and how it wasn't right," Garrett said. "And he's going to learn from it and our team is going to learn from it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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