OXNARD, Calif. – During the next few weeks, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has to strike a balance between what will good for his team and what will be good for Orlando Scandrick.
Until Scandrick’s four-game suspension kicks in the first week of the regular season, he can participate in practices and the remaining preseason games. He will not be able to rejoin the team until Sept. 29.
“It’s a good question,” Garrett said. “I think some injuries we have had at the cornerback position and other situations will allow them to get a lot of work here the next few weeks, certainly the next few days. But we are very mindful of what the situation is, him being removed from it for the first four weeks. It’s important for us to make sure he gets a ton of work now. Now you balance that with getting other guys work who are going to be playing early on in the season and giving them ample opportunity to show what they can do. We will balance those things.”
One concession will be that most of his work will be on the outside in camp and in the preseason with the Cowboys wanting to accelerate the work Sterling Moore gets in the slot. Moore will be Scandrick’s replacement.
Carr will not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens and has yet to put on pads this summer, having missed the first 13 practices to be with his ailing mother. Claiborne returned to his first full practice on Tuesday after needing a few days off because of knee tendinitis.
If something were to happen to Carr or Claiborne, the Cowboys would be in even worse shape in Scandrick’s absence.
“I don’t know that it changes drastically,” Garrett said. “Both those guys have been really good players for us and we want to make sure they are healthy and ready to go. I think our plan for Brandon would have been the same independent of what we found out about Orlando. We were going to ease him back into it after the situation with his mom. And the same with Mo. Mo was off to a really good start, but you don’t want to take backwards steps with guys. We anticipate having those guys ready to go and be a really good tandem at corner for us.”