Cowboys notes: Defensive end Spencer returns to practice

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer practiced Wednesday for the first time since July 25 and should make his season debut against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Spencer, who missed the preseason and the season opener rehabbing from minor knee surgery, was limited in his workload in practice and will likely play in a reserve role against the Chiefs as he gets back into football shape.

“I felt good, a little rusty,” Spencer said. “My get-off and everything is something I’ve got to work on right now, see how it feels in the morning. Everything I’ve been doing has been getting better every day, so I didn’t have any setbacks. If everything keeps the way it’s going this week, then I should have some time out there.”

Spencer, who will wear a knee brace for a few games, at least, will back up George Selvie on Sunday, barring any setbacks.

“It’s just good to have him out there doing well and for this team it’s really good,” Spencer said of Selvie. “It’s going to help me progress along. It’s not too fast. It’s going to give me the time I need to get right and get back on the field.”

Also back at practice Wednesday for the first time since the preseason was running back Lance Dunbar, who has been sidelined since Aug. 16 with a sprained foot.

Dunbar was a full go in practice and said he is ready to play against the Chiefs.

Romo, Bryant in action

Quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) and receiver Dez Bryant (foot) were full participants in practice Wednesday and are on track for Sunday’s game.

“They felt fine, just normal soreness and stuff going through,” Romo said after practice of his bruised ribs. “I assume by this weekend they’ll be fine and good to go.”

Cornerback Morris Claiborne practiced Wednesday with a harness on his dislocated left shoulder. He was a limited participant as he still does not have full range of motion but he seems to be on track toward giving it a go against the Chiefs.

Claiborne said he believes there’s a concern of how he’ll react when it’s time to hit someone while using his left shoulder.

“This is really the first time for me ever doing it and ever having to wear anything on my arm and playing,’’ Claiborne said. “It’s for the better. Before it slips out again I’d rather wear that brace to keep it under control. I thought it was going to be harder [to adjust to it] than what it was today.’’

The Cowboys had a setback of sorts when linebacker Ernie Sims aggravated a groin injury from training camp and was held out of practice.

Williams watch

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are continuing to evaluate rookie Terrance Williams’ role as the third receiver after his disappointing performance in the season opener against the New York Giants.

Williams dropped two passes and busted a route in the first quarter that led to an interception from quarterback Tony Romo.

Owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that the team will give Dwayne Harris more looks as the third receiver, and Garrett echoed those sentiments Wednesday, saying Harris has earned the right to play more.

A dejected Williams blamed being nervous for his early struggles.

“I have to keep building trust with him, doing what I’m supposed to do, being at the right spots,” Williams said of working with Romo. “If I do that, the more chances he will throw the ball to me.”

Williams blamed the first quarter mix-up, which led to Giants safety Ryan Mundy’s interception and 91-yard return, on missing the play change at the line.

Romo “checked to something and I stayed on the play that was called,” Williams said. “In the huddle he called something, and while the clock was running down I’m looking at the defense. He checked to something else and I wasn’t looking.”

Harris honored

Dwayne Harris, who had three special teams tackles and averaged 9.5 yards on punt returns, is the NFC special teams player of the week.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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