The Cowboys got some cornerback depth back Thursday.
Starters Brandon Carr (hand) and Orlando Scandrick (knee) returned to practice, a session that saw players wear only shells and helmets.
“It went well,” Carr said. “Felt good catching the ball, felt good mixing it up with the guys, getting back into the drills.”
Carr underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a broken bone in his right hand, a similar injury that former running back DeMarco Murray had late last season that he played through.
“I didn’t really feel it today,” Carr said. “It felt pretty good, man. I’ll just keep doing more and more with it each day, getting it back stronger. I’m just getting ready for game time.”
Carr will not play in Sunday’s game against 49ers and could sit out the entire preseason, but he will be ready to go when the regular season starts.
Scandrick has been idle for more than week because knee swelling and soreness. He said he feels good and could play against the 49ers after being held out of the preseason opener San Diego Chargers.
“I wouldn’t be out here if I wasn’t 100 percent,” Scandrick said. “I feel good. I’m ready to play football.”
Scandrick had his knee drained a couple of times and believes the knee issues played huge part in him not being at his best to start camp. He certainly wasn’t as active as he was last year when he had as strong of a training camp as anyone on the team.
He is ready to get back to that level.
“I just need to come out here every day and be great,” Scandrick said. “The earlier part of camp I got off to a slow start and it was taking me time to get back to myself. Now I feel really good out there and confident. I feel good about this season.”
Jones, this year’s first-round pick, has yet to return to practice after suffering a shoulder injury last Saturday. He is still awaiting the results of a second opinion but he remains confident that he will back on the field soon.
“I have been working out pretty good,” Jones said of the work he has doing on the side. “Looks like I can be back soon. Until then I’m going to listen to what (the trainers) tell me.
Jones is frustrated because it’s the same shoulder he hurt last year at Connecticut. It’s also the reason the Cowboys sent the results of his magnetic resonance imaging exam off for a second opinion.
But he said the shoulder is solid, save for a little soreness.
“It’s just about getting the small muscles back to strength,” Jones said.