The Cowboys are doing what they have to do in the wake of starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick’s season-ending knee injuy.
They are preaching next man up and are focused on the next practice, the next game.
It’s the cruel nature of the NFL. Overcoming injuries is part of the game. One man’s setback is an opportunity for another.
Still, while they Cowboys are moving on, they will do so with compassion for a hurting Scandrick.
“For me, they’re two different things,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Orlando is a person who we care a great deal about. The coaches care about him, his teammates care about him. He’s going through a hard time. That’s challenging for him. We’re going to be there for him. We’re going to be there for him every single day. He’s going to get that surgery taken care of and he’s going to come back. I told him yesterday, he’s a young man, he’s a great athlete, he has a great feistiness and fight to him, so he’s going to come back better and stronger than ever. OK? We’re not leaving Orlando. We’re with Orlando. He’s with us. But now you have to focus on what is the task at hand. You got to figure out who is going to play in his spot, what kind of competition you’re going to try to create and what we need to do as a team. I don’t know that there’s this we finished this and now we’re on to the next. There are parallel lines. We do them both.”
Said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli: “Everybody in the league goes through this. It’s the ones who can put it aside and go. We love our guy to death. We root for him but now we have to go. Hurt for him all day. You know how much he loves to play. Not likes it. Loves it. You know how much they work and it wounds you, it wounds your spirit. But you owe it to your team to go. Long season ahead.”