According to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been suspended by the NFL for four games following a positive test for a banned substance. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Scandrick was suspended for taking a "recreational drug", and not a supplement, while he was spending time in Mexico.
This appears to be yet another significant loss for a Cowboys defense that has already lost some key players in the 2014 offseason. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware (salary cap casualty) and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher both left in free agency while the oft-injured Sean Lee suffered an ACL injury during spring practices that ended his 2014 season very early. To make matters worse for Dallas, Cowboys rookie second round draft pick defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence recently suffered a fractured foot in training camp practice and isn't expected to return until somewhere in-between late September and late October.
As it's been noted plenty of times by now, the 2013 Dallas Cowboys defense allowed the third most yards in NFL history (single-season). It'll be real interesting to see how they fare in 2014 considering they will be without some key players for various lengths of time.