Even if defensive end Anthony Spencer can play on Sunday against the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys doubt how much he can play.“Yeah, conditioning certainly is a factor,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I would say particularly for Spence, just because he really hasn’t done much during training camp and hasn’t played in the preseason games.”Spencer has been out since July 25 because of knee surgery. The Cowboys projected two to four weeks of recovery, but he is starting his sixth week without practicing, compounding the uncertain state of the defensive line.The Cowboys already know they are without Jay Ratliff for at least six games, and over the weekend they traded Sean Lissemore. That leaves them a rotation of Jason Hatcher, Nick Hayden, Ben Bass and Landon Cohen along the interior. If Spencer can’t go, street signing George Selvie will play in his place opposite DeMarcus Ware.Garrett remained optimistic about Spencer as the entirety of a standard practice week — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — remains.“He’s been working hard to get back. We appreciate that. I know how much desire he has to play. He’s a real pro, and he’s doing everything he can to get healthy and be ready to go.”Help wantedThe Cowboys are likely looking for help along the offensive and defensive lines as they seek to fill the roster spot left open by Monday’s trade of tight end Dante Rosario to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys got a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft for Rosario, who they signed off the street before training camp.“Not having Jay Ratliff certainly hurts our football team. He’s been an excellent player for a long time,” Jason Garrett said. “But again, that provides opportunity for other players. We’re excited about the group that we have together. And whatever opportunity they have, we expect them to be ready to go.”The trade of Rosario was the third in three days for the Cowboys, who acquired defensive end Edgar Jones from the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday and sent defensive tackle Sean Lissemore to San Diego on Sunday.Leary returnsGuard Ronald Leary practiced Monday, two weeks after knee surgery and apparently in time to prepare for the season opener.The Cowboys alternated him with Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard.“In training camp, he did a nice job, played well in the games,” Jason Garrett said of Leary. “We feel very confident about him.”Still outThe Cowboys practiced without safety Danny McCray (hamstring), running back Lance Dunbar (foot) and safety Eric Frampton (groin) during the portion of practice open to the media Monday.New numbersTravis Frederick changed his jersey number from 70 to 72, his number in college. Joseph Randle switched from 35 to 21, and George Selvie went from 98 to 99. Kyle Bosworth took No. 58 and Edgar Jones took No. 55.
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