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Garrett: Cowboys don’t believe Spencer’s bone bruise is “severe”

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A knee bruise that’s recently reemerged has limited Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer early in training camp, but head coach Jason Garrett indicated Monday that the injury is not a significant worry.

“We don’t think it’s severe,” Garrett said Monday, according to Todd Archer of “We’ll just come up with what we think is the best option here in the next few days.”

Spencer told reporters Monday that the injury, originally sustained in June, flared up while running on Saturday.

“It was just the banging on it, just running the conditioning test,” Spencer said. He said he would “see how it feels tomorrow.”

Asked if it was “concerning” that it occurred during training and not on the field, Spencer said: “It’s concerning to me. It’s bothering me right now. I really don’t know what else to do, so I’m just taking it day by day.”

The 29-year-old Spencer notched a career-best 11 sacks in 2012 for Dallas. He has missed just six games in six NFL seasons, including two last year.

Pro Football Focus graded Spencer as the top 3-4 outside linebacker in 2012, and he averaged 62.3 snaps for Dallas, per PFF”s snap-count data. He will play defensive end in the Cowboys’  new 4-3 scheme, and there’s no doubting his importance to the defense. Even before Tyrone Crawford suffered a potentially season-ending injury Sunday, the Cowboys’ defensive line depth was not a club strength, as we noted in PFT’s preseason analysis of the club.

“It’s a major blow to this defensive line,” Spencer said of Crawford’s injury. “He was going to be a big part of this defensive line this year.”

UPDATE 10:55 p.m. ET: Per, Spencer said surgery that would require a 2-3 week recovery time is a “possibility.”

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7 Responses to “Garrett: Cowboys don’t believe Spencer’s bone bruise is “severe””
  1. rcali says: Jul 22, 2013 9:02 PM

    Was he not wearing his knee pads?

  2. abninf says: Jul 22, 2013 10:14 PM

    The defense will be fine. Not the best but good enough. The running game, or lack thereof, will determine the success. Expecting the D to be on the field for most of the first half then seeing them fall apart and expecting Romo to throw 800 yards a game just hasn’t been working the last few years.

  3. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2013 10:21 PM

    Does Spencer realize he is still technically in a play for a contract season?

  4. tinopuno says: Jul 22, 2013 11:37 PM

    Just who the hell does Garrett think he is making public statements regarding the Cowboys. Jerry will not be pleased!

  5. drbrown7451 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:03 AM

    Another injury for the Cowboys? How many can they handle before it becomes serious? Is Dr. Jerruh looking into this?

  6. greenmeattruck says: Jul 23, 2013 6:00 AM

    I’d be interested to know, did Coach Howdy Doody find out about this before or after ordering his team to wear leg pads in practice?

  7. yojoemama says: Jul 23, 2013 7:29 AM

    Cowboys don’t believe anything is severe. Hence their mediocre play in recent years.

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