Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick suspended for first four games of season


Orlando Scandrick (at left with Morris Claiborne) will miss the first four games of the season. (Gus Ruelas / AP)

The hits keep coming for the Dallas Cowboys defense.

Orlando Scandrick, the team’s top cornerback, has been suspended for the first four games of the season because of a failed drug test.

Scandrick was found to have violated the performance-enhancing drug policy last spring and the league ruled on his appeal Monday evening, owner Jerry Jones announced. “I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,” Scandrick said in a statement released through his agent. “Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future.

“I hope that my family, my Cowboys football family and all my fans can forgive me for this situation. I look forward to a successful 2014 season.”

Scandrick, according to ESPN, tested positive for the powder form of the chemical used in ecstasy, which is considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Scandrick, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, “unknowingly took the drug while drinking cocktails with an ex-girlfriend on a Mexican vacation during the offseason.”

The Cowboys’ D, coming off a terrible season, lost Sean Lee to a knee injury on the first day of organized team activities and, during the offseason, lost Jason Hatcher to the Washington Redskins and DeMarcus Ware to the Denver Broncos. Morris Claiborne is also out with a knee injury.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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