The Cowboys’ top corner will undergo an MRI on his knee to assess the full extent of the injury.
The Dallas Cowboys faced a big blow to their secondary when cornerback Orlando Scandrick went down during Tuesday’s practice with a right knee injury. The Cowboys fear it’s a torn ACL and Scandrick will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The eight-year veteran was hoping to build on a career with the Cowboys that includes 322 combined tackles, 9.5 sacks and seven interceptions. The team had faith in Scandrick’s performance ahead of the 2015 season and signed him to a contract extension in May that keeps him in Dallas through 2019. The extension added one year and $9.5 million.
If Scandrick is out with an ACL injury, it would be the latest in a string of losses for the league. Most recently, Packers receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Steelers and will now miss the whole season.
— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) August 26, 2015
His teammates were also visibly upset after the injury. Quarterback Tony Romo, who had a pass picked off earlier in practice by Scandrick, sent him well wishes:
Sending prayers out to Orlando Scandrick…Fear he has a torn acl. Your the best bud.
— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) August 26, 2015
All the dbs on one knee saying a prayer for Scandrick
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) August 26, 2015
Losing Scandrick, the team’s No. 1 corner, for any amount of time is bad news for the Cowboys’ defense. Currently, second-year player Tyler Patmon is listed as his backup on the depth chart.