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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Orlando Scandrick defends his play

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick committed two penalties, missed one tackle and gave up a 23-yard reception in Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins.

He also did a nice job picking off a deep pass from Rex Grossman for his first interception of the season.

Scandrick admitted he had a bad day overall Sunday.

Tuesday, Scandrick continued to speak about his rough outing but also defended his play this season.

"Washington is a game," Scandrick said after practice. "It's just so funny, I make two bad plays out of 74 plays and all of a sudden I play bad, whatever. So people are gonna say what they gonna say."

When reminded he said he didn't play well after the game, Scandrick replied, "I don’t think I played great but I mean I think I made two penalties and allowed a catch; two bad plays and a 23-yard catch and now all of a sudden I can’t play no more."

There is a thought Scandrick might be pressing. He's normally the slot corner, but now with injuries to Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins during this season, Scandrick has played more outside corner than ever before. The Cowboys value Scandrick so much they signed him to a five-year extension worth $27 million with $10 million guaranteed.

"How am I pressing?" Scandrick said. "What are you telling me that I can’t play in a full-time role, 'cause that’s not [difficult] at all. I get two penalties and give up one catch and all of a sudden I can’t play anymore. I don’t get it. I didn’t sign an extension here to play a backup role so it is what it is. I don’t know one good corner in this league who didn’t have a penalty in a game or give up a catch."