An MRI confirmed that the veteran corner has tore his medial collateral ligament and his anterior cruciate ligament. Scandrick went to the ground late during the Cowboys’ last portion of practice on Tuesday.
Scandrick gave a bleak diagnosis to secondary coach Jerome Henderson.
“He said immediately ‘It’s my ACL. I know it. It’s gone.’ I hope that’s not the case. I hope he’s just really dramatic – I hope he’s just really, really dramatic,” Henderson said. “So I’ve got my fingers crossed, and we all said a little prayer for him. We’re hopeful he’ll be OK.”
Video showed Scandrick’s leg bending awkwardly under rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead at the end of a play in Oxnard, California. Scandrick, who was carted off the field, had recently returned to practice after sitting out with soreness in his left knee.
Quarterback Tony Romo feared the worst on Twitter, although his grammar could do with a polish:
Morris Clairborne said: “You know when your knee isn’t right. I’ve been there. And I heard it in his voice. I have been there. I actually felt myself go back to then after sitting there looking at hike and he’s holding his hands and squeezing them. I’ve been there.”
Scandrick’s absence puts pressure on less dependable options like Brandon Carr and Claiborne. Last season, Scandrick finished 12th out of 120 qualified corners in Pro Football Focus’ ratings, and in May, he signed a one-year contract extension, worth $9.5m.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 26th August 2015 16.40 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010