Through five games, former Texas Tech great Wes Welker has an NFL-record 740 receiving yards. Orlando Scandrick is geared up for the challenge of trying to stop the Patriots receiver, but it’s enough for him just to be back on the field after missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
“I don’t feel I lost any athletic ability because of the injury,” said Scandrick, who went out in the second quarter of the season opener at the New York Jets. “Injuries are part of the game. It was one of those things that couldn’t have been avoided regardless of off-season or not. It was unfortunate, but I’m just excited to be back, and I’m ready to play.”
In training camp, Scandrick became one of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s favorite players because of his intensity and toughness. Ryan put him to work on the outside in the absence of Terence Newman. With Newman back and a healthy Scandrick to pair with Mike Jenkins, the Cowboys are closer to matching up in coverage against the Patriots.
"Obviously, he [Scandrick] is a good player, and I think their defensive backfield is going to be healthy now and all intact," Welker said in a conference call with reporters at Valley Ranch. "We definitely are going to have our hands full with those guys. We need to make sure we study up and stay on top of them and make sure we do everything necessary to try and win out there on the field."
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