The Dallas Cowboys will be without two defensive starters for a second consecutive week.
Defensive tackle David Irving (concussion) has yet to practice and clear the concussion protocol, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (back) isn’t ready to go yet either. Neither will play against the Oakland Raiders Sunday night.
The Cowboys have also ruled out reserve linebacker Justin Durant (concussion) even though he fully participated in Friday’s practice.
Irving sustained a concussion in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins last month, and the Cowboys were hopeful he’d be ready to go this week. But he’ll be sidelined once again as he missed another full week of practice.
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“He goes through a process with our trainers and the specialists,” coach Jason Garrett said before Friday’s practice. “At different times he’s felt really good, trending forward, then at times not so good.”
With Irving out again, Maliek Collins is expected to start as the three-technique tackle and Richard Ash at nose tackle.
With Scandrick out, the Cowboys will continue to have rookies Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods as their top cornerback options.
Scandrick continues to work his way back after fracturing bones in his back against the Redskins. He said Friday that he would prefer to practice before returning to game action, especially with the young cornerbacks holding their own.
“I think those guys are playing well right now, so it’s no need for me to try and play at anything less than 100 percent,” Scandrick said. “I want to give myself the best chance to be successful.”
The Cowboys have listed a handful of players as questionable, but most are expected to play such as right tackle La’el Collins (back), left tackle Tyron Smith (back), linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring/ back) and defensive tackle Maliek Collins (foot).
Wide receiver Brice Butler (foot) and reserve tight end James Hanna (knee) are also questionable. Butler didn’t practice all week, while Hanna was limited Thursday and Friday.