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Anthony Spencer | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Purdue
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Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) hopes to avoid the reserve/PUP list, but is unsure of when he'll return.
"I haven’t plateaued yet," Spencer said. "My body is responding really well to the things we’re doing, so we’re just going to continue to do them." Although Spencer has yet to be ruled out for Week 1, it's looking like a long-shot. The Cowboys would have to be confident Spencer could return some time in the first 4-5 games to hold him off PUP. Aug 21 - 5:56 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said DE Anthony Spencer (knee) is "getting there at a faster pace than we thought."

Jones added that it's "looking like" Spencer will avoid the reserve/PUP list to open the season, meaning he should be available to play before the Cowboys' seventh game. He underwent microfracture surgery in October and just started resistance training about three weeks ago. We don't expect him to play Week 1.
Aug 12 - 3:21 PM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer said his surgically-repaired knee is "getting a lot stronger."

"The way it’s feeling right now, I feel like we could be in a good place around Week 1," Spencer said. "I’m hoping for it." Despite Spencer's optimism, he just started resistance training last week, and has yet to start jumping and cutting. He is still very questionable for Week 1, and there is a decent chance the Cowboys put him on reserve/PUP to start the season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 2 - 1:54 PM

Cowboys placed DE Anthony Spencer (knee) and LG Ronald Leary (hamstring) on active/PUP.

Spencer underwent microfracture surgery last October, but is still no lock for Week 1. This is one of the most serious procedures an athlete can undergo, and the rehab timetable can be up to 12 months. By placing Spencer on active/PUP, the Cowboys leave themselves the option of putting him on reserve/PUP to start this season. Leary strained his hamstring during a conditioning test.
Jul 24 - 11:23 AM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer began running on his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday and said he has no doubts he will play this season.

Spencer is recovering from an October microfracture surgery that traditionally carries an 8-12 month recovery timetable. That timetable would put Spencer on pace to be available Week 1, but microfracture recoveries are notoriously finicky. Spencer will certainly play this season, but it remains a possibility he begins the year on the reserve/PUP list.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 12 - 6:39 PM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer spent five months "laying down 16-17 hours per day" after knee surgery.

Spencer had season-ending microfracture surgery in October, so he's just recently started moving around. He's nowhere close to being in game shape and remains questionable for Week 1. Spencer is a strong candidate to open the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would sideline him the first six weeks.
May 24 - 4:43 PM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) could open the season on the PUP list.

Spencer is recovering from October microfracture surgery and hopes to return by the end of training camp. "This injury it’s really uncommon, you rarely see guys coming back from it," Spencer admitted. "I’m not looking at any type of timetable." The Cowboys are viewing anything they get from Spencer in 2014 as a bonus. Even if he manages to get cleared for Week 1, Spencer's effectiveness coming off a career-threatening injury is a major concern.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 16 - 8:35 PM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys "remain uncertain" if DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) will be ready for training camp.

"The hope" is that Spencer will be ready, but it's unknown three months away from camp. Microfracture is not a straightforward operation. Spencer went under the knife in October.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 28 - 1:19 PM

Cowboys re-signed DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.5 million.

Spencer played only one game in 2013 because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. The 30-year-old struggled to attract interest in the free agent market because of health concerns, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Spencer recorded 11 sacks and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. The Cowboys will likely view anything he offers in 2014 as a bonus.
Apr 26 - 1:47 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer could see the Cowboys re-signing free agent DE Anthony Spencer on a short-term deal.

Spencer is rehabbing from October microfracture surgery and has struggled to attract interest due to health concerns. He could be brought back as a rotational end opposite George Selvie with the Cowboys lacking depth on their defensive line. Spencer is tentatively expected to be ready for training camp.
Apr 12 - 3:37 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Giants, not the Rams, on Sunday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram originally reported that Spencer, 30, was visiting St. Louis. That doesn't appear to be the case. The Giants are looking for a veteran to replace LE Justin Tuck and team with second-year DE Damontre Moore opposite RE Jason Pierre-Paul. Spencer should be healthy by camp.
Mar 16 - 12:28 PM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Rams.

Spencer is currently rehabbing his knee following October microfracture surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. The Rams already possess a solid trio at defensive end led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Eugene Sims, but coach Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams love pass rushers. Spencer just turned 30.
Mar 16 - 10:49 AM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer will visit the Redskins on Thursday.

Rehabbing from microfracture surgery, Spencer isn't expected to be 100 percent for training camp. The fact that the Redskins are already hosting him for a visit shows how desperate they are for bargains. Now on the wrong side of 30 as he recovers from a major operation, Spencer would be a risky investment, but a high-upside one. He notched 11 sacks in 2012. CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins are also interested in Spencer's former Cowboys teammate, DT Jason Hatcher.
Mar 12 - 9:58 PM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) is not expected to be healed in time for training camp.

Spencer is likely to be a second- or third-wave free agency signing. If healthy, he'd be in the hunt for big money. Now 30 years old, Spencer missed all but one game last season. He underwent the microfracture operation last September.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 11 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Dallas reports there are "nearly seven teams" interested in free agent DE/OLB Anthony Spencer.

This sounds like it's coming straight from Spencer's agent, but it's notable nonetheless. After being one of the bigger name free agents the past two seasons (before being designated as the Cowboys' "franchise" player each time), Spencer hasn't been linked to any teams since last season ended. He played in just one game due to microfracture surgery. That could be a significant turnoff for a 30-year-old, though Spencer should be nearing 100 percent.
Mar 9 - 11:26 AM

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