The Dallas Cowboys secondary will be a little stronger on Sunday than it has been in awhile.
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is expected to take the field for the first time since Week 2 when Dallas hosts the Philadelphia Eagles, but he will not be back in an every-down capacity.
Charean Williams for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Scandrick will be on a “pitch count” this week per Rod Marinelli. The defensive coordinator added that the ninth-year veteran has to be “smart” about his return, adding it’s his first time hitting in awhile.
Scandrick has been out with hamstring injuries in both legs, so it makes easing him back into the lineup makes sense. Prior to this, he also missed all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL.
While the Cowboys are happy to welcome Scandrick back, as he was their No. 1 cornernerback prior to the ACL injury, the secondary has been getting along just fine without him. Morris Claiborne is really coming into his own this season, Brandon Carr is a solid veteran and safety Byron Jones can play corner as well.
Considering the Eagles’ wide receivers haven’t been a particularly threatening bunch in 2016 either, the Cowboys will probably continue to make do with Scandrick on a part-time basis. However, the fact that he’s closer to 100 percent is excellent news for a 5-1 team that looks like it’s still trending up.