When the season began a couple of weeks ago, it could have easily been argued the Dallas Cowboys were playing without their best defensive player, with all apologies to newly signed defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Of course, Sean Lee is awesome, but he's also injury prone and is out for the season after tearing up his knee in OTAs back in the spring. So that left Orlando Scandrick, who was suspended for four games for his admitted use of Molly on an off-season vacation.
Surprisingly, the Cowboys' defense has been serviceable through two games, and was downright good in Sunday's win over the Titans, thanks in large part to the surprising performance of supremely talented and gifted noted head case Rolando McClain in Lee's place.
So when Scandrick returns on Sunday after being reinstated by the league after two games out after a new drug agreement was agreed to, it can do nothing but help a unit that was expected to be far and away the league's worst this season.
Scandrick should step right into the Cowboys secondary along with the likes of Barry Church and Brandon Carr and help make the Cowboys' surprising front seven even better. Last season, the cornerback had 64 tackles, a forced fumble and two interceptions in what was a historically bad defensive season for the Cowboys under Monte Kiffin.
Now, the Cowboys have Rod Marinelli running the defense, and Scandrick's return will give him an extra weapon in his arsenal and make the Cowboys' defense better still.