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October 10, 2011

CB Orlando Scandrick ready to go, ready for Welker challenge

There will be no easing back into the lineup for Cowboys nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick who will play against the Patriots for the first since suffering a sprained ankle in season opener.

As the slot cornerback, Scandrick will get heavy duty on Patriots Pro Bowl slot receiver Wes Welker who has 40 catches for 616 and five touchdowns. Welker is on pace to shatter the NFL record for yards and catches. 

"I knew I was going to get Wes Welker my first game back from the time I got hurt, so it is what it is," Scandrick said. "It’s a huge challenge. He’s a worker. He does everything 100 percent, full speed. He works. Him and Brady have a great relationship. They know what each other is going to do. It’s a huge challenge. They said today he’s on pace for 2,600 yards or something crazy, but going into this game, I’m going to make him work. We’re going to see what happens. It’s going to be a great challenge."

As far as his health is concerned, Scandrick said he feels great and is ready to go. He said his conditioning is fine and hopes to pick up where he left off before the injury. He was the team's best cornerback in training camp and was considered a threat to unseat Newman as the starter at left cornerback. Because of the Patriots heavy reliance on the pass, Newman and Scandrick will play a ton on Sunday.

Coach Jason Garrett said they will continue to evaluate their roles.

"We feel good about the number of corners that we have, starting type players and also guys who haven't been starting but been playing a lot," Garrett said.  "A lot of these guys have gotten experience over the first four games so, to have that number back there at such a critical position, I think is a really significant thing for our team right now. We'll just evaluate what they're roles are going to be as the week goes on. "

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