The return of cornerback Orlando Scandrick from injury has rekinkled questions raised in the preseason and training camp about whether he would possibly unseat veteran Terence Newman in the starting lineup. No cornerback had a better training camp and preseason than Scandrick who was rewarded with a five-year, $27 million contract extension. Couple that with Newman's age and injury history, the thought of Scandrick supplanting Newman was more than notion _ especially with Newman missing the entire training camp and the first two regular-season games with a groin injury.
But Scandrick suffered a high-ankle sprain in the season opener, sidelining him for three games, thus tabling the discussion.
For the first time all season, both are healthy. They are ready to go against the Patriots.
Coach Jason Garrett, however, said the situation will continue to be evaluated.
"As we go forward we'll evaluate that situation," Garrett said. "We feel good about the number of corners that we have, starting type players and also guys who havent been starting but been playing a lot. 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."
The decision seems more cut and dried at the third receiver, where Laurent Robinson appears to have nudged ahead of Kevin Ogletree for the primary spot behind starters Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Robinson actually got the start ahead of Ogletree for the injured Austin against Detroit two weeks ago, catching seven passes for 116 yards.
Still Garrett wouldn't verbally commit to a change there either.
"We feel really good about how the back up receivers have done," Garrett said. "When Dez was out and when Miles was out they had opportunities to play a lot , a lot more than they would have otherwise. To have additional guys, backup players get that experience that is good. We will evaluate what their roles are when the week goes on."