Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Spencer (knee) recorded three tackles in his return to action on Sunday.

He didn't make a big impact, but it could take some time for Spencer to shake off the rust after missing an entire year due to microfracture surgery. Given his ability to rack up both tackles and sacks, he does have some IDP upside if he's able to make it all the way back to his pre-injury form.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Spencer (knee) is not included on the Cowboys' inactive list, allowing him to make his season debut Sunday night versus the Saints.

Spencer will make his 2014 debut in Week 4, after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last October. Given Spencer's time off, the veteran might be limited in some capacity Sunday, but his return should certainly boost a Dallas defense in search of playmakers.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Spencer (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Spencer logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he sat out Friday, making his Sunday situation unclear.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

While Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones is optimistic that Spencer (knee) will be in the lineup for Week 4, coach Jason Garrett was a little more guarded in his assessment of Spencer's chances, the Dallas Morning News reports. "We'll just see � take him day-by-day," Garrett said on Monday. "He's worked very hard the last few weeks just to get back. We'll see what he's able to do on Wednesday."

Spencer seems close to seeing his first game action in over a year following his knee injury and microfracture surgery, but we'll have a better idea of his availability once his activity level during practice this week becomes clear.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Spencer (knee) is out for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

Spencer made two limited practice showings this week, but ended up sitting Friday. It's not clear whether he might be able to play next week, but his return to practice seems encouraging, in any case.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 3 Months

Spencer (knee) could return to practice on a limited basis this week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Given that it's been a year since he saw any game action, a Week 3 return to the lineup seems overly optimistic, but Spencer is inching closer to getting back on the field.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 4 Months

Spencer (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's opener against the 49ers, ESPN Dallas reports.

Spencer's removal from the PUP list over the weekend allows him to return before six weeks of the season are complete. However, he missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday, spurring the Cowboys to rule the pass rusher out for Week 1. Once he's recovered from last October's microfracture surgery, he'll factor into a defensive front that is fairly inexperienced.

Anthony Spencer DL DAL 4 Months

As expected, Spencer was removed from the PUP list Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Though he isn't expected to play in the Cowboys' opener, Spencer has a shot to make it back within the first six weeks of the season, something he couldn't have done had the team left him on the PUP list. He underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in October, and there's no guarantee that he'll play at a high level upon returning.

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Spencer (knee) will be on the Cowboys' 53-man roster once the regular season begins, but he won't be ready to play in Week 1, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Spencer still hasn't practiced since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. However, with the Cowboys wanting to avoid the automatic six-game sideline spell that comes along with a player beginning the season on the PUP list, Spencer will be activated to Dallas' 53-man squad before Sunday's deadline. Spencer reportedly has some progress to make in feeling confident about using his knee to make cuts, so it's unclear when he'll start practicing in the Cowboys' new 4-3 scheme, but an early season return is now a possibility.

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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.