Scandrick suspended four games

Scandrick will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 29. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended Monday for the first four weeks of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Scandrick reportedly tested positive for MDMA.

He issued a statement saying he took the drug while on vacation.

“Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body,” he said.

Scandrick was the team’s top cornerback last season. His absence will loom large for an already embattled defense, and leaves Morris Claiborne as the starter. Claiborne has been dealing with a knee injury in training camp.

Scandrick signed a two-year contract extension last season, extending his deal through 2018 and adding $9 million in guaranteed money to the five year, $25 million contract he signed in 2011.