Anthony Spencer will avoid PUP, won’t play Week One

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The Cowboys will be making a lot of roster moves in the coming days, but none of them should involve defensive end Anthony Spencer.

Spencer has spent all of training camp on the PUP list as he makes his way back from microfracture surgery that cost him all but a handful of snaps last season, but he won’t be transferred to the regular season version before Saturday’s cut to 53 players. Owner Jerry Jones made that announcement on KRLD Monday, although he cautioned that Spencer won’t be ready to face the 49ers on September 7.

“He has progressed at a surprisingly fast pace, and I would say that, not Week 1, but there’s a possibility that any time after that he could feel good enough,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “We feel good about his repairs. He’s got that microfracture, and we feel like that has completely grown in the way that that injury heals. It’s a question of him feeling good about his cuts.”

Carrying Spencer until he’s healthy will take some roster juggling and the Cowboys may have to do some more of it as they set their initial group. Jones mentioned defensive linemen Terrell McClain and DeMarcus Lawrence and the possible return of Josh Brent while discussing players “we’ve got to, by hook or crook, figure out ways for them” to be on the roster.