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Monday, December 6, 2010
Bryan McCann ready if Orlando Scandrick isn't

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas – Nickel back Orlando Scandrick woke up with a headache Monday morning, but he said he felt better than he did when he left Lucas Oil Stadium.

Scandrick, who had a 40-yard interception return in the second quarter, suffered a concussion when he collided helmet-to-helmet with strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh. Scandrick will undergo a neurological exam Tuesday to determine if he should be cleared to practice.

If Scandrick can’t play, undrafted rookie Bryan McCann will be ready.

McCann stepped in for Scandrick in the second half Sunday and didn’t get his name mentioned often. That’s a good thing for a young cornerback facing Peyton Manning, who didn’t pick on the rookie.

The Cowboys, who played the nickel on an everydown basis against the Colts’ pass-happy offense, opted to use McCann in the slot. That was an interesting decision. McCann has limited experience in the slot, while Terence Newman has several seasons of experience at that position.

“I graded out decently, but I made a lot of mistakes I shouldn’t have made,” McCann said. “This was the first time I played nickel since the preseason, so there was a little adjustment. I knew what to do, but I still had a little rust to dust off. I definitely could have played better, but I was proud of how I performed.”