Former Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick, now of the Dallas Cowboys, has been suspended for the first four games of the NFL season for using performance-enhancing drugs, owner Jerry Jones said Monday.
However, Fort Wort Star-Telegram beat writer Clarence Hill said the positive test was for a street drug.
Scandrick told Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that he took something on vacation in Mexico that violated NFL rules. Glazer reported that it was a recreational drug that showed up on the NFL's PED list.
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This article says Scandrick might have been the Cowboys' best defensive player in training camp.
Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.
Orlando Scandrick was a full-time starter for Dallas Cowboys for the first time last year and he’s trying to hold onto that spot in training camp this year.
He made a big impression at practice Sunday, following star wide receiver Dez Bryant around the field and engaging in some memorable battles — some wins, some losses.
“They go at it every day,” coach Jason Garrett told ESPN.com. “Every single day, they go at it in one-on-ones and seven-on-seven and in team situations. I know they have a healthy respect for each other, and that’s what you want on your football team -- you want your best players competing hard.”
Bryant caught a couple of touchdown passes but Scandrick also forced several incompletions and made a circus interception.
“Scandrick is a dog,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “A lot of those corners are feeding off of him. They love him. I love him. He’s an animal.”
Said Scandrick: “I mean it’s 6,000 fans out here. He ain’t going to come out here and just enamor the crowd at the expense of our defense.”
The interception was important to Scandrick because he only has five in his six-year career.
“That’s the only thing I feel I’ve been missing from my game,” he said. “The only thing. The only thing that has separated me from just being that above-average guy and being an elite guy is going and getting the ball.”
Here is another ESPN.com story on Scandrick from earlier in camp.
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