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Anthony Spencer getting closer to a return to practice

08/26/2014 12:29 PM

08/26/2014 12:31 PM

Anthony Spencer’s surgically repaired left knee isn’t quite ready to go yet, but he is. The Cowboys defensive end hopes to be back on the practice field in the “next couple of weeks.”

Spencer hasn’t had contact in 11 months, since last October when he played 34 snaps against the Chiefs. He had microfracture surgery soon after.

“I’m just taking it day by day,” Spencer said Tuesday. “I do a lot of change of direction stuff and been doing a little bit of metabolics and stuff like that, a lot more football-related drills. That’s all going real well right now.”

Spencer remains on the physically unable to perform list for now, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced on his weekly radio show that Spencer will start the season on the 53-player roster. Spencer, 30, would miss the first six games if he remained on PUP.

“I’m happy about it,” Spencer said. “I’m still working to get back on the field. That’s the main goal. I think he did it, so I’ll be able to get some practice when I’m ready, and we don’t have to wait for that six-week mark.”

Spencer, whose 32.5 career sacks are more than any other player on the team’s roster, can play either side of the defensive line. He could take over the right side, where DeMarcus Ware’s departure has left a huge hole.

“I’ve been working both sides right now in the drills I’ve been doing,” Spencer said. “They both feel normal to me right now. I think I’ll be able to do both.”

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