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Cowboys’ Defense: The Hits Keep on Coming

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Another blow to an already hurting Cowboys’ defense.

Cowboys’ owner/GM Jerry Jones broke the news tonight that CB Orlando Scandrick will be suspended for the first 4 games of the 2014 season.  The story hasn’t been completely confirmed yet, but early reports say that Scandrick took a “street” drug and not a supplement.  Despite those reports, Scandrick is being suspended under the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.

Dallas lost two of their best defensive players over the last few years this offseason in DeMarcus Ware(Denver) and Jason Hatcher(Washington).  During OTAs this year, the unquestioned leader of their defense, MLB Sean Lee, was lost for the season to a torn ACL.  And then one of Dallas’ top draft picks(DeMarcus Lawrence), who they traded their 3rd round pick to acquire, was injured during training camp and will miss 2-3 months with a broken foot.

Dallas’ defense was 32nd in yards allowed with an average of 415.3 yards/game, and they were the only team to allow over 400 yards/game.  Will Tony Romo be able to carry the Cowboys on his back this year with a debilitating defense?  Is Rod Marinelli able to turn an injured Henry Melton, and a group of defenders that will someday have wikipedia pages, into something respectable on the field?

Orlando scandrick has been suspended for first four games by the NFL, per owner Jerry Jones

— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) August 12, 2014

It was a street drug. Not a supplement. Scandrick has been fighting ban since April. Lost appeal

— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) August 12, 2014

Scandrick suspended 4 games- a quick look at the estimated costs of the suspension #Cowboys http://t.co/guJAwLHs6r

— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) August 12, 2014

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