Cowboys' Scandrick Gets 4-Game PED Suspension

MALIBU - Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick has experienced a good and eventful training camp, as arguably the Cowboys' best defensive performer. Now comes another event and it's not good: Scandrick will be suspended four games by the NFL.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed to us Monday night at the media party that Dallas Cowboys starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be suspended four games by the NFL.

The official word is that the suspension will for a violation of the performance-enhancing drugs policy. Scandrick's side of the story is that he took a substance in Mexico while on vacation that came up on the NFL's banned substance list.

The substance is reportedly a "street drug'' and Scandrick's agent is arguing that had the NFL agreed on a new testing policy regarding HGH, this April failed test wouldn't be a violation at all.

But in this body-is-your-temple league, it's always odd how a player could unwittingly involve himself in a violation, and indeed, Scandrick is apologizing for his involvement in the situation.

"I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,'' Scandrick said in a statement. "Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It's my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future. I hope that my family, my Cowboys football family and all my fans can forgive me for this situation. I look forward to a successful 2014 season."

The Cowboys defense is coming off a season in which it was ranked as the NFL's poorest and is already missing standout linebacker Sean Lee (torn ACL) and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (foot), the team's second-round draft pick. Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne will pick up the slack as the starting corners in place of Scandrick, whose verbal and physical jousts with Dez Bryant have been among the highlights of camp.

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