Orlando Scandrick improving, but will miss second straight game

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said he is feeling much better this week in his recovery from two transverse process fractures, but he will miss his second straight game this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Scandrick was able to do all of the lifting of weights required during the week, but he has not practiced in two weeks after suffering the injury Nov. 30 against the Washington Redskins when he was kicked in the back on the game’s third play.

With Scandrick out, rookies Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods will handle the top three cornerback spots against the Raiders.

“I’d like to practice and be able to do things in practice and see things in practice,” Scandrick said. “I think those guys are playing well right now, so it’s no need for me to try and play at anything less than 100 percent. I want to give myself the best chance to be successful.”

Scandrick missed one game earlier this season because of a broken hand that required surgery. Last year he missed four games with a hamstring injury after not playing the entire 2015 season because of torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee.

“It’s a little frustrating, but my back, you only get one back,” Scandrick said. “It was kind of a little bit of a scare to me, but I’m going to make a full recovery and I’m getting better and better and I haven’t had any setbacks.”