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October 05, 2011

Scandrick says he will be ready for the Patriots

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is backpedaling, running and studying. He vows to return next week, in time to face the NFL's leading receiver, Wes Welker.

"I feel like it’s been a long time, and it really hasn’t," Scandrick said. "Just excited about the challenge to come back and play against Wes Welker. It’s an extreme challenge that I’m looking forward to."

Scandrick sufferend a high-ankle sprain in the season opener against the Jets, which he started in place of the injured Terence Newman. Scandrick had to sit and watch the past three games.

"It’s frustrating, but those guys did a good job," Scandrick said. "That game [the loss to Detroit] is kind of tough to stomach, especially sitting on the sideline and watching it all unfold from a fan perspective. You can’t worry about the things that we cannot control, and the things that are in the past. I’m looking forward to coming back and being out there with the guys and contributing."

Scandrick will spend his bye week studying Welker, who has 40 receptions for 616 yards and five touchdowns. He said he will practice sometime next week, whenever the doctors clear him, and will play against the Patriots on Oct. 16.

"I’m going to practice, and I’m going to play," Scandrick said. "...I’m ready. I’ve seen the doctor and he said if we had a game this week, I would play."

-- Charean Williams





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