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Orlando Scandrick Will Be Cleared To Play Sunday; Suspension To Be Lifted

Ronald Martinez

Orlando Scandrick will be free to play on Sunday. The Cowboys cornerback might see the field after the NFLPA approved a new drug policy in conjunction with the NFL. The new policy will re-classify Scandrick's reported use of Ecstasy over the summer that was cut with amphetamines. Instead of a violation of the Performance Enhancing Drug policy he is now on his first offense of the Substance Abuse program. Scandrick's suspension should be lifted and he should be free to play.

Jason Garrett addressed this possibility earlier today.

"I think we will look at all options,’’ Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday morning about whether Scandrick could play Sunday if the NFL passed a revised drug policy. "Certainly, Orlando being a veteran player who knows our system, has played a lot of football in this league, you will try to give him as much consideration as possible.

"We’ll wait and see what happens as this day unfolds. Obviously, we have everyone else prepared and ready to play in this game. We’ll try to make our best decision.’’

Garrett was asked if the fact Scandrick hasn’t practiced this week would keep him from being active for the game. "I don’t know that we have any prohibitions on things,’’ Garrett said. "We’ll just sit down and discuss it and try to figure out what the best thing is to do for our football team.’’

I don't think there is any doubt he'll play. The Cowboys secondary, especially at cornerback, was weak last week. Scandrick is their best corner now, as Brandon Carr has regressed and Morris Claiborne has done nothing but struggle. The Cowboys defense could use the return of one of their best players.

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