The Dallas Cowboys defense will suffer thanks to the Orlando Scandrick suspension. Added to the loss of defensive linemen Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware to free agency and linebacker Sean Lee to injury, this is just another roadblock facing the Cowboys in 2014. However, Cowboys’ beat writer David Helman reported on Tuesday that Dallas will get an open roster spot where they can evaluate another player because of the suspension.
Because the Orlando Scandrick suspension is due to a performance enhancing drug violation, and his appeal was denied, the cornerback will miss the first four games of the 2014 NFL season. This will mean that Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will start the season at cornerback for Dallas while B.W. Webb and Sterling Moore will get a lot of playing time in his absence as well to prove their worth to the Cowboys.
This is positive news for Claiborne, a former Dallas Cowboys’ first round draft pick who was supposed to be the next big star in the Cowboys’ secondary. With two injury plagued years under his belt, Claiborne had lost a lot of his momentum and needs to prove he can be a star and stay healthy. Honestly, if Claiborne can impress Cowboys’ coaches over the first four months of the season, he can possibly entrench himself as the starter again. This could cost Scandrick his starting job.
If nothing else, Scandrick can come back in the fifth game of the 2014 NFL season and give the Cowboys their trio of cornerbacks back in its whole. By that time, the Cowboys will see if Webb and Moore are ready to compete for more playing time. Dallas will miss the leadership abilities of the cornerback thanks to the Orlando Scandrick suspension, but this could open up more possibilities for the defense in the long run.