The Cowboys have confidence in Orlando Scandrick as their starter in place of Mike Jenkins, who is expected to miss at least three weeks with a hamstring injury. Scandrick has been targeted 12 times, giving up only nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown this season, according to STATS, Inc. He has 13 tackles and a pass breakup.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he considers Scandrick a starter anyway.
"Absolutely he is, and that's just the nature of the position he plays," Garrett said of the nickel back position. "I think everybody in the league considers that nickel back, that third corner, as a starting player, because so many offenses on first and second down and on third down, they get into 11 personnel with three- or four-wide receiver sets and you need that guy out there. You have starters in each of those defensive personnel groups. Some games those guys play a lot. Some guys they play less depending on the team you're playing and the situations that arise.
"But he's been such a strong contributor for us the last couple of years. When he's been healthy this year, it's been no different."
Scandrick started the season opener at left cornerback in place of Terence Newman. He will start at right cornerback Sunday against the Seahawks.
"Those guys are used to playing in different spots, particularly Orlando, who plays so much inside," Garrett said. "He’s played inside. He’s played outside. He’ll probably have some comfort level wherever we line him up.”
Scandrick sprained his ankle in the first half of the season opener against the Jets and missed the next three games.
-- Charean Williams