The latest blow to the Dallas Cowboys defense came on Monday night when it was announced that cornerback Orlando Scandrick would be suspended for the first four games of the 2014-15 NFL season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Scandrick received a two-year extension this season that gave him a nice pay raise and he was expected to be in the team’s starting line up, but now they will be without him for the first quarter of the season.
Knowing that the team was counting on him and that he let his teammates down, Scandrick issued a statement in which he apologized for his actions that led to the four-game ban.
Scandrick also took full responsibility.
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans. 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,” Scandrick said.
“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.”
The Cowboys defense is already without star linebacker Sean Lee for the season and they lost defensive end DeMarcus Ware in the offseason, so they will need some of the younger talent on the roster to step up if they want to begin their turnaround on the defensive side of the ball.