The Dallas Cowboys got back on track on Thursday night with a 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins but they took a bit of shrapnel in the process with news that cornerback Orlando Scandrick was injured.
On Monday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reported that Scandrick had suffered a pair of transverse process fractures in his back and could miss at least one game. He was kicked in the back early against the Redskins but didn’t come out of the game until the fourth quarter.
Scandrick has provided critical veteran leadership in a secondary that was forced to go young this offseason after several key contributors were allowed to leave in free agency because of salary cap constraints. So losing him for any stretch of time leaves them exposed with an extremely young group in the back of their defense.
The 30-year-old has started 11 of 12 games for the Cowboys this season, recording 38 total tackles and 3 passes defended. He’s played in 87 percent of their defensive snaps in those 11 games he’s been in the lineup.
The Cowboys have 10 days until their next contest against the New York Giants on Dec. 10. However, it sounds like Dallas will shoot for having Scandrick back in the lineup on Dec. 17 against the Oakland Raiders.