Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be placed on injured reserve Friday, ending his season and possibly ending his time with the only team he has ever known.
A fifth-round pick in 2008, Scandrick has missed the past three games with two transverse process
fractures in his back, and he was unlikely to play in Sunday’s season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Scandrick is signed through 2019, but the Cowboys have turned to rookies Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods as their top three cornerbacks since he has been hurt, with second-year cornerback Anthony Brown also playing a role.
“I’m still a good football player when I’m healthy,” the 30-year-old Scandrick said. “We’ll see what happens, but I’m not discouraged at all. Had a lot of friends I played with here: Terence [Newman], DeMarcus [Ware]. Those are the ones I can think about that left here after eight, nine, 10 years [and continued to play]. Even Miles [Austin] left here and played after that. So it’s definitely not over. We’ll see what happens. I just want to play somewhere where I can finish things out the right way, kind of go out on a good note.”
Scandrick is set to make $3 million next season, but the Cowboys have gone with a youth movement at cornerback that could make him expendable or a possible trade target. There were discussions involving a trade around last spring’s draft.
“They’re playing well together right now, so, I mean, they’re going to continue to grow and continue to get better,” Scandrick said. “I’m not at the point of my career where I’m willing to just be an inactive guy or a guy that’s not a part of what’s going on and can’t help the team win. Obviously, I’m still under contract, so that’s not ultimately my decision. But I’m prepared for whatever.”
Scandrick missed the 2015 season with torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and has been hit the past two seasons with hamstring, hand and back injuries that have caused him to miss eight games during that span.
As a rookie, he won the nickel corner role and became a full-time starter in 2013. He started 11 games this season and has been credited with 39 tackles by the coaches, with three quarterback pressures and seven pass deflections. He has eight interceptions for his career and 11.5 sacks.
“I think it’s going to be different,” Scandrick said. “I’m so grateful that this organization gave me an opportunity to spend 10 years in one place, multiple contracts. I’m just so grateful, I can’t put into words how grateful I am for this organization and sticking by my side for 10 years.”