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NBC’s Collinsworth is bullish on Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick accepts the team’s 2014 Defensive MVP award at the team’s annual kickoff luncheon at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday. He recently suffered a torn ACL that will keep him from playing in 2015.
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick accepts the team’s 2014 Defensive MVP award at the team’s annual kickoff luncheon at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday. He recently suffered a torn ACL that will keep him from playing in 2015.

Orlando Scandrick could not walk out with his teammates, and he really did not have to be here, but he showed up to the Dallas Cowboys’ annual kickoff luncheon for Happy Hill Farms on crutches.

The veteran Dallas Cowboys cornerback’ 2015 season ended officially on Tuesday when the team placed him on injured reserve. He suffered a torn ACL last week in training camp. Don’t let the Cowboys’ spin fool you - despite their perceived depth in the secondary, this one really hurts.

On Wednesday at the luncheon, he accepted the team’s 2014 Defensive MVP award. He did so with tears in his eyes. He can be a grump, and a grouch, but the guy cares, and the guy can play.

Later on Wednesday, the crew that comprises the NFL on Sunday night telecasts on NBC held a conference call that included play-by-play man Al Michaels, and analyst Cris Collinsworth.

I asked Collinsworth what he thought of the Cowboys’ chances in 2015, and specifically whether this team can make the NFC title game.

“I just got finished watching tape of the Cowboys (preseason game) a couple of hours ago and I don’t like the Orlando Scandrick injury,” Collinsworth said. “In some ways, he was their best player on defense. But this is a good looking team. Their offensive line, even without Zack Martin (who is out with a stinger but is expected to be ready for the season opener) is still moving people. I thought (running back) Darren McFadden looked better than I had seen him in a while.

“We all know about the Greg Hardy situation and when he will be back. Randy Gregory looks like a player. Sean Lee looks good. It comes down to how their secondary holds up. I like this team. I think they have a legit shot to do anything this year.”

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