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For Orlando Scandrick it's a business

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With two starting cornerbacks out with injuries, Orlando Scandrick has moved up the depth chart and into a starting role.

Scandrick played 12 snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos and is expected to get the first-team snaps again Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

"I think it’s a great opportunity for me and I just want to make the best of my opportunity," Scandrick said.

This is a big season for Scandrick in terms of his development. He's entering the final season of his contract and while the Cowboys value his skill set, it's uncertain if they want him long-term.

Scandrick said he doesn't block out the business side of the NFL.

"I don’t because this is a business. This is my job, it's not a game," he said. "This is how I feed my family [and] this is how my family survives."

He has been impressive in the 3-4 scheme with his blitzes off the edge and his ability to knock passes away from receivers. Moving forward if Terence Newman doesn't return in 2012, the Cowboys most likely will have to keep Scandrick and give him a new contract.