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Orlando Scandrick tears ACL and MCL, out for season

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The Dallas Cowboys will have to go the rest of the way without cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Scandrick tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee during practice on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, per a source informed of the results.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Scandrick's right knee buckled as he attempted to tackle wide receiver Lucky Whitehead. The rookie then fell on Scandrick's leg. Scandrick was in immediate pain, cursing loudly while on the ground. He put a towel over his face and was in tears as he was taken off the field on a cart.

Losing Scandrick counts as a huge setback for the Cowboys. He is easily the team's best cornerback, and his absence puts pressure on less dependable options like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Last season, Scandrick finished 12th out of 120 qualified corners in Pro Football Focus' ratings.

In May, Scandrick signed a one-year contract extension, worth $9.5 million.

The Cowboys found a way to persevere last year when Sean Lee was lost early in the team's offseason program. The loss of Scandrick presents perhaps an even greater challenge to Jason Garrett's team. A bad night in Big D.

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