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Cowboys placed DE Anthony Spencer (knee) and LG Ronald Leary (hamstring) on active/PUP.

Spencer underwent microfracture surgery last October, but is still no lock for Week 1. This is one of the most serious procedures an athlete can undergo, and the rehab timetable can be up to 12 months. By placing Spencer on active/PUP, the Cowboys leave themselves the option of putting him on reserve/PUP to start this season. Leary strained his hamstring during a conditioning test.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 2 Months

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer began running on his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday and said he had no doubts he would play this season.

Spencer is recovering from an October microfracture surgery that traditionally carries an 8-12 month recovery timetable. That timetable would put Spencer on pace to be available Week 1, but microfracture recoveries are notoriously finicky. Spencer will certainly play this season, but it remains a possibility he begins the year on the reserve/PUP list.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 2 Months

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer spent five months laying down 16-17 hours per day after knee surgery.

Spencer had season-ending microfracture surgery in October, so he's just recently started moving around. He's nowhere close to being in game shape and remains questionable to be ready Week 1. Spencer is a strong candidate to open the season on the reserve/PUP list, which will sideline him for the first six weeks.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) could open the season on the PUP list.

Spencer is still recovering from October microfracture surgery and "hopes" to return by the end of training camp. "This injury it's really uncommon, you rarely see guys coming back from it," Spencer said. "I'm not looking at any type of timetable." The Cowboys are viewing anything they get from Spencer in 2014 as a bonus. Even if he manages to get cleared for Week 1, Spencer's effectiveness coming off a career-threating injury is a major concern.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys "remain uncertain" if DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) will be ready for training camp.

"The hope" is that Spencer will be ready, but it's unknown three months away from camp. Microfracture is not a straightforward operation. Spencer went under the knife in October.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Cowboys resigned DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.

Spencer played only one game for the Cowboys in 2013 because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. He struggled to attract interest in the free agent market because of health concerns but is expected to be ready for training camp. Spencer recorded 11 sacks and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 4 Months

ESPN's Todd Archer could see the Cowboys re-signing free agent DE Anthony Spencer to a short-term deal.

Spencer is currently rehabbing from October microfracture surgery and has struggled to attract interest due to health concerns. He could be brought back as a rotational end opposite George Selvie with the Cowboys lacking depth on their defensive line. Spencer is tentatively expected to be ready for training camp.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 5 Months

Updating a previous item, free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Giants, not the Rams, on Sunday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram originally reported Sunday morning that Spencer, 30, was visiting St. Louis. That doesn't appear to be the case. The Giants are looking for a veteran to replace LE Justin Tuck and team with second-year DE Damontre Moore opposite RE Jason Pierre-Paul. Spencer should be healthy by camp.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 5 Months

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Rams.

Spencer is currently rehabbing his knee following October microfracture surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp. The Rams already possess a solid trio at defensive end led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Eugene Sims, but coach Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams love pass rushers. Spencer just turned 30.

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Free agent DE Anthony Spencer will visit the Redskins on Thursday.

Rehabbing from microfracture surgery, Spencer isn't expected to be 100 percent for training camp. The fact that the Redskins are already hosting him for a visit shows how desperate they are for bargains. Now on the wrong side of 30 as he recovers from a major operation, Spencer would be a risky investment, but a high-upside one. He notched 11 sacks in 2012. CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins are also interested in Spencer's former Cowboys teammate, DT Jason Hatcher.