Jerry Jones announces four-game suspension for Orlando Scandrick

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At this rate, the Dallas Cowboys may not be able to field a defense for their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers on September 7.

Though you could argue they didn’t field one for the majority of last year either.

Owner Jerry Jones told reporters Monday night that starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been suspended for four games. According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones clarified the suspension is for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Per Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, Scandrick said he took something while on vacation in Mexico that tested positive for a banned substance.

Scandrick started 15 of 16 games for the Cowboys last season and compiled 64 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Scandrick now joins defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (broken foot) and linebacker Sean Lee (ACL) suffered serious injuries this offseason. Linebacker Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) may not be ready to start the season and key pieces of last year’s defense, DeMarcus Ware (Denver) and Jason Hatcher (Washington), are gone.

The outlook isn’t very rosy at the present for a defense that ranked last in the league last season.