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Anthony Spencer’s not too confident about playing

Robert Turbin, Anthony Spencer AP

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery recently, but said he remained hopeful that he’d be able to play against the Giants on Sunday night.

More time has passed, however, and Spencer missed practice once again on Friday. He still hasn’t practiced since the surgery and his optimism has dropped as a result.

“I mean there is a possibility,” Spencer said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “But I really haven’t done too much this week so I don’t feel very confident. We’ll see.”

No one’s expecting to see Spencer on the field, which will leave the Cowboys with a makeshift group of players on the defensive line to kick off the season. Coach Jason Garrett was asked about how they’ll make it work and fell back on a variation of going to war with the army you have instead of the army you want.

“You just kind of work with the guys we have,” Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We’re excited about the group we have. You’d like to have them together for longer, but that’s the nature of this league. You’ve just got to make do with what you have and go forward. Excited to see those guys play and take advantage of their opportunity.”

Preseason’s the time to see guys down the depth char take advantage of their opportunities and it’s over so we’re not quite buying the excitement level that Garrett professes for the likes of George Selvie and Nick Hayden as starting defensive linemen.

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5 Responses to “Anthony Spencer’s not too confident about playing”
  1. puropinchecowboys says: Sep 6, 2013 3:16 PM

    Good ol Jerry “I’ve got the mind of a 40 year old mental patient” Jones, overlooking the D-line in the draft and calling it a strength. Maybe the cowboys will be bad enough to enter the “Lousy for Clowney” sweepstakes.

  2. trollaikman8 says: Sep 6, 2013 3:41 PM

    Parcels would never field a team that repeatedly neglects drafting solid linemen.
    Leave it to Jerry to only care about the skill position and ignore the key factor that allows Seattle, SF, Baltimore be successful last year: Solid play in the trenches by big men. That’s what wins games.

  3. rarelyclever says: Sep 6, 2013 4:15 PM

    People say it’s Jerry Jone’s fault for not drafting offensive and defensive linemen, but with the recent signing of Brian Waters, here’s what the expecting starting lineups were:

    LE: Spencer
    DT: Ratliff
    DT: Hatcher
    RE: Ware

    LT: Smith
    LG: Leary
    C: Frederick
    RG: Waters
    RT: Free

    Other than Leary, who may in fact turn out to be good player, that’s one of the most solid line collections in the entire NFL.

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 6, 2013 4:56 PM

    Hayden and Selvie are better than most people realize. The Giants probably aren’t respecting them either. Depth in the defensive line is a concern going into the game

    Spencer got a nice fat franchise tag (10 million) so don’t expect a lot out of him this seasoin

  5. kev86 says: Sep 6, 2013 6:41 PM

    Swiss cheese o-line and sub par d-line against the Giants sounds like recipe for an L. And Eli is 5-0 at Jerry’s place dating back to first game ever played there. Is Eli’s signature still on the wall?

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