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Still no sign of Spencer, as Cowboys add line help

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Anthony Spencer said he’d be ready for the opener.

But so far, there’s no evidence to support that, and more clues that he might have been too optimistic.

According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Spencer hasn’t practiced since his July 25 knee surgery, and wasn’t on the field Monday when reporters were allowed to watch. Coupled with yesterday’s trade for defensive end Caesar Rayford, and it appears the Cowboys could be bracing for more time without him.

“We’ve just got to see how he does, how he responds to the work,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “He’s been working hard to get back. We appreciate that. I know how much desire he has to play. He’s a real pro and he’s doing everything he can to get healthy and be ready to do. So we will see how he does over the next couple of days and make a decision.”

If he does practice in any amount this week, conditioning is still going to be a major question come game day, something that can’t be solved in four days of work.

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8 Responses to “Still no sign of Spencer, as Cowboys add line help”
  1. fordman84 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:58 AM

    Since he is a free agent again after this year, I’m sure he is doing all he can to get back. Doubt he is pulling a Ratliff.

  2. ccjcsr says: Sep 4, 2013 8:59 AM

    Get healthy and be ready for the rest of the season, we can handle week 1 without you!

    #CowboyNation
    #JameisWinston

  3. Grulks says: Sep 4, 2013 9:13 AM

    I hope Caeser is an absolute stud for Dallas, so that they can pull the plug on the Spencer experiment. And while we are at it, trade Ratliff, even if its for another 7th rounder (read: ham sandwich).

  4. milesrunner262 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:21 AM

    They definitely overpaid for what will be his last year in Dallas.

    I also agree on dumping Ratliff at this point as well. I think he had as many QB sacks as a ham sandwich last year!

    Grulks says:
    Sep 4, 2013 9:13 AM
    I hope Caeser is an absolute stud for Dallas, so that they can pull the plug on the Spencer experiment. And while we are at it, trade Ratliff, even if its for another 7th rounder (read: ham sandwich).

  5. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    If u guys have to depend on ceasar reyford to get constant pressure on QB’s against starting OLines, yr in trouble

  6. Grulks says: Sep 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    Peytonsneck:
    1) its not about depending SOLELY on him to generate pressure. Ware is likely to have an incredible year in this scheme, for one. But you have to have more than one player that can generate pressure.

    Its the same reason NY has players like JPP, Justin Tuck, and Kiwanuka. Everyone knows you that the more people you can rotate in at DE/DT, the fresher they are late in the game. The reason is that OL dont typically get rotated as much, so if you have your 4-5 guys rotating in and out against there 5 guys that arent rotating, who is gonna get tired faster?

    2) do you even realize that Ceasar Rayford lead the preseason in sacks? And that was against starting O-lines. So yeah, if Dallas has to rely on him to generate pressure, I think they’re gonna be ok.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 4, 2013 5:53 PM

    With a franchise tag, a lot of money is tied up into Spencer. Rayford looks like a good prospect but was brought in for depth. Selvie played well in preseason and will be the one to replace Spencer. Selvie was particularly effective lined up on the right side as a pass rusher.

  8. explosivo333 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:25 PM

    No surprise here!!! spencer has made a career of being on the sideline with his “Injuries”. You want to know why cowboys struggle? look no furthar than players like spencer and the rest of his teammates are terrible TOO!!!

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