The Dallas Cowboy secondary will need someone to step up for the first four games of the season as cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended by the NFL for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.  Scandrick (pictured on the left) tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance after drinking a cocktail that included MDMA, also known as “Molly,” that was cut with another stimulant, a source said.  He took the drug on a Saturday in Mexico and was tested the following Monday after he returned from the trip, according to a source.

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He released the following statement: 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.”

Now the veteran cornerback set career-highs last season for tackles (70), pass breakups (15) and interceptions (two) last season, and ranked fifth on the team in tackles, second in pass breakups and third in interceptions.  Scandrick will not be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ roster until September 29th, following the team’s Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.