Anthony Spencer taking first strides toward return

AP

It was just a day of running, and far from football, but Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer was still confident.

After doing some running on the practice field Thursday, Spencer was hopeful he’d return from microfracture surgery to play this season.

“Not from me,” Spencer said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “I’m sure some other people have their doubts, but I don’t have any doubts, no.”

Spencer could still open training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but he was taking any positive step as a positive sign.

“It’s one thing to be able to run and then another whole thing to play football, so I’ve got a little ways to go,” he said. “But it’s progress and that’s basically what I’ve been showing this whole time.”

Spencer was the Cowboys’ franchise player in 2012 and 2013, before he had to return on a smaller one-year deal this offseason.

He had surgery last fall, and it usually takes eight to 10 months to recover fully. He said he’s run twice in the last week without any setbacks, giving him reason to hope he can return to form.