Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken bone in his left hand in the second quarter of Sunday’s 19-3 season-opening victory against the New York Giants.
He will have surgery Monday morning and is expected miss next Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Scandrick said he should be back for the Sept. 25 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Owner Jerry Jones was of similar agreement, saying the injury was something Scandrick could play with and he wouldn’t be out long.
“It looks like they could do some work on it Monday and possibly have him ready for future games,” Jones said. “It’s something they will cast up. I’m not trying to be dismissive but something I could hope or think he could play with. All I know is they will have to do some procedure and probably give him some protection.”
Scandrick missed four games in 2016 and all 16 in 2015.
Scandrick, named team captain for the first time in his career, is the best and most experienced member of the secondary. Getting him back as quickly possible is important for the Cowboys going forward.
But the secondary held up quite well without him against quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants receivers Sunday night.
Anthony Brown moved to the nickel with rookie Chido Awuzie handling the outside corner spot opposite Nolan Carroll.
Brown came up with the game-sealing play with an interception of Manning with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys turned into a field goal and the Giants never threatened again.