Cowboys News: On Scandrick's Nashville Flight

DFW AIRPORT - Confusion reigned on the eve of the Cowboys' Saturday afternoon charter flight to Nashville for Sunday's meeting with the Titans. What, exactly, are the rules governing Orlando Scandrick?, the NFL world wondered. And then our plane readied for takeoff.

Just as Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick made a mockery of taking seriously his responsibility to stay on the straight-and-narrow and avoid the foolishness of "Molly-popping,'' the NFL has made a mockery of its agreement on a new drug policy that would've retroactively altered the boundaries and allowed Scandrick to come off the suspended list and be activated for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

But Cowboys sources tell me at 2 pm that there is 'virtually no chance" of Scandrick playing this week. And a quick scan of the manifest shows no Scandrick on our flight.

In August, Scandrick was suspended for the first four regular-season games due to his violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy (by taking a party drug, a "molly''). Early Friday evening, the NFLPA agreed to alter the rules, meaning a new deal might instantly be in place, making Scandrick (and similar offenders like Denver receiver Wes Welker) could be eligible to play this weekend.

So the Cowboys prepared. Scandrick was in touch with the team (technically a no-no because he's still suspended ... until he's not). The equipment staff packed his gear. Scandrick told reporters he himself had a flight booked to Nashville from his home in Los Angeles. The coaches talked of how to plug him in immediately as the slot corner.

"I think we will look at all options," coach Jason Garrett said on Friday morning. "Certainly, Orlando being a veteran player who knows our system, has played a lot of football in this league, you will try to give him as much consideration as possible. ... Obviously, we have everyone else prepared and ready to play in this game. We'll try to make our best decision."

But part of the decision is an NFL rule that a player must be on the the 53-man active roster by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday in order to play in a Sunday game. And thus, an end to the reign of confusion. Our plane prepares to take off. Scandrick isn't on it. "4 p.m. ET'' is coming and going.

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