The Dallas Cowboys will get back an important piece to their defense in cornerback Orlando Scandrick when they face a division rival in the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. However, the veteran defensive back will be on a “pitch count,” according to NFL reporter Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Yes, I’m good to go,” Scandrick said on Monday after the Cowboys’ first practice since returning from their bye break. “I feel good to be back out there. It’s been a long road. I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m just happy to be back out there.”
Scandrick has missed the last four games due to injuries to both hamstrings. He suffered the first injury in Week 1 against the New York Giants and ineffectively played through the problem the following week against the Washington Redskins . He hasn’t played since then.
Limiting the 29-year-old to only nickel defense situations is nothing new. He was also limited in those two games because of a knee injury from last year. Scandrick missed all of 2015 after tearing his ACL and MCL in training camp last summer.
Scandrick said this week that his hamstring injuries were unrelated to his knee recovery.
“I just needed time,” he said. “I was trying to push through something that was maybe a little worse than everybody thought.”
Scandrick is in his ninth NFL season, all of which have come in Dallas. He has seven interceptions and 10.5 sacks in 104 games. Rookie Anthony Brown filled in admirably with Scandrick on the sideline over the course of the last four weeks.
Dallas is currently in first-place of the NFC East at 5-1, but the winner of this week’s Cowboys-Eagles matchup will take over the division lead.