The Dallas Cowboys are once again hit by a big injury prior to the opening of a new season. Last season, the Cowboys lost their leader, Sean Lee, before they even reached Oxnard. This time around, it is another one of their leaders who could be lost for the season.
Orlando Scandrick went down after a collision with Lucky Whitehead. The Cowboys fear at that point soon became a reality as it was confirmed that Scandrick would be lost for the season with an ACL/MCL tear. This marks an unprecedented 24th ACL tear this preseason.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, the cornerback position was seeming to be a bit crowded and now some young corners will get an opportunity to shine. Tyler Patmon emerged onto the scene after making some splashing plays last preseason as well as a pick six against the Cardinals during the regular season. Corey White is the newest Cowboy, and he has shown up in two preseason games thus far. They will most likely be competing for the slot corner position. Mo Claiborne will get the first crack at the open right cornerback spot. Then there is first round draft pick Byron Jones.
Jones is an absolute freak of an athlete, and there is a reason his twitter handle is Byron31Jump. He is also nursing a shoulder injury, and yes, that is the same one he had surgically repaired. Jones will likely move around between corner and safety, but he will get his opportunity. It is the typical next man up for the Cowboys secondary, but I believe with the guys behind Scandrick, that his loss isn’t insurmountable. My bold prediction is that the Cowboys will open up against the Giants with Brandon Carr and Byron Jones as their two starting cornerbacks.