Orlando Scandrick's health to determine Cowboys' inactives

ARLINGTON, Texas -- So far on the season we have correctly predicted the Dallas Cowboys' game-day inactives.

But that was kind of easy.

This week could be a little tricky in trying to decipher the direction in which the Cowboys go in facing the Chicago Bears and Orlando Scandrick's health.

Scandrick will be a game-time decision after he did not practice all week with hamstring strains in both legs. He wants to play but doesn’t want to struggle because of his health.

If Scandrick sits, the Cowboys would have only three active cornerbacks in Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Anthony Brown. They could give Byron Jones some work at cornerback but that’s something they want to avoid.

Without Scandrick, the Cowboys could continue to employ two fullbacks and dress eight defensive linemen.

Ryan Davis was inactive last week in part because he had just three practices and the coaches wanted to make sure he was familiar with the scheme. Given the need for pass-rush help, Davis has to be active this week. And if he isn’t, then you have to wonder why they signed him.

It’s clear the Cowboys will go with seven offensive linemen every week, but what seven? So far Ronald Leary has been inactive. He’s too good to be inactive but the Cowboys view him as a tremendous insurance plan. But right tackle Doug Free has a quadriceps strain. He is expected to play, but what if it flares up in the game? That puts Chaz Green in the lineup should the Cowboys follow through with their offensive-line group from the first two games.

Are the Cowboys better with Leary at right guard and Zack Martin at right tackle than with Martin at right guard and Green at right tackle? It’s a great question. Given how conservative the coaches seem to be with their planning through these options, I wouldn’t expect a change today.

So the guess at the inactives is: Tony Romo, Darius Jackson, Scandrick, Leary, Charles Tapper, Kavon Frazier, Mark Nzeocha.