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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) is expected to make his 2014 debut against the Saints.
However, according to DC Rod Marinelli, Spencer will be on a "pitch count" Sunday evening. "That’s probably No. 1, is make sure we don’t overuse him," Marinelli said. The Cowboys have predictably generated almost no pass rush, and will be counting on Spencer to bring some heat. Now 30 and coming off a season where he appeared in one game, Spencer notched 11 sacks in 2012. Sep 25 - 5:42 PM

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Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) could make his debut in Week 4 against the Saints.

Spencer resumed practicing last week, but wasn't cleared to return. He's coming off microfracture surgery and hasn't appeared in a game since last September. Spencer will likely be available for a limited role if active.
Sep 23 - 11:13 AM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer was removed from the active/PUP list.

Spencer will not be ready Week 1, but he is expected back in the first month of the season. Almost 31 and coming off microfracture surgery, it is not a sure thing Spencer is effective once he gets back on the field. The Cowboys should view anything they get from Spencer this season as a bonus.
Aug 30 - 3:49 PM

The Cowboys will remove DE Anthony Spencer (knee) from the active/PUP list before the weekend.

Spencer, however, won't be ready for the opener. The Cowboys obviously believe he'll be able to play during the season's first month. Spencer hasn't played since Week 2 of 2013. Any contributions Dallas gets from him would be a positive. Spencer is a soon-to-be 31-year-old coming off microfracture surgery.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 26 - 12:49 PM

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.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 21 - 5:56 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

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