Veteran Dallas Cowboys defender Orlando Scandrick was asked how rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is expected to fare after second-year pro Anthony Brown was demoted over the weekend.
"I guess we're going to see," he told the Dallas Morning News. "I think it's just about giving someone else an opportunity. [Brown] is in his second year and he had some success in his first year and you know that second year is hard. Sometimes you don't know what to expect and the ball doesn't bounce your way a few times. It feels like the world is coming in on you, but I feel like [Brown] has a bright future."
Awuzie started in Week two at Denver, but he'll get his most extensive playing time against the Redskins.
"I'm a guy who is going to play my role regardless," Awuzie said. "If I'm starting, I'm going to try to make those plays. If I'm not, I'm still going to be amped up on the sideline doing my special teams thing."
The Cowboys have had Awuzie filling in at times at safety, noted the Morning News. Before this week, he had been practicing at safety more.
Awuzie returned two weeks ago against the Eagles after missing four consecutive games because he aggravated his hamstring injury.
Awuzie probably could have returned sooner, but the Cowboys gave him extra time to make sure his hamstring was healed.
"I just have to protect myself out there at all times and be careful, and I'm definitely going to be going full speed," Awuzie said. "I ain't going to be thinking about it. But at the same time, injuries are bound to happen. ... We're used to playing hurt. We're used to playing with nicks. And if we feel good, we feel good, and I feel real good right now."