OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Dallas Cowboys training camp:
Anthony Spencer has yet to practice, but the defensive end has picked up his work so much in the past two weeks that the Cowboys might have a decision to make on his availability at the start of the season. Spencer is on the physically unable to perform list as he works his way back from microfracture knee surgery. If he is moved to reserve/PUP, he would miss the first six regular-season games. “Much ahead of where I thought and we all thought he would be,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “It's got a chance. Gives us a real head scratcher as to what to do on the PUP thing but he's got a chance to play and play early. There's no one that knows, and I don't know that he knows, but if he keeps progressing like he is, he's got a shot at coming in there at least after the first game or two. I don't know about the opener but he's far in advance. He's doing things that we didn't expect.” Spencer was able to do cutting and worked some pass-rush moves on the bags off to the side of the practice field.
It was a quieter than expected day for Dez Bryant against the Raiders defense. He caught only three passes in team and 7-on-7 drills and two of those catches went for short gains. But one catch was a shoestring grab on a slant from Tony Romo. In 7-on-7 drills Romo overthrew Bryant on a deep ball and Tarell Brown did a good job of defending him on a back shoulder throw down the sideline. Bryant's big play was on a crossing route that opened up in part because of a great blitz pickup by running back DeMarco Murray.
Romo completed 10 of 17 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills to bring his unofficial camp totals to 96-of-142. He was unable to connect on deeper throws down the field to Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten but it wasn't an arm strength issue. He overthrew all three of them in part because of the wind. His best throws were to Witten and Williams, purposely throwing slightly behind them in order to keep them away from an oncoming safety.
The Cowboys acquired cornerback Justin Green from the New England Patriots for defensive lineman Ben Bass. Green is more of an outside cornerback with good speed. He will compete with B.W. Webb and Tyler Patmon for one of the final cornerback spots once he arrived. New England is aware of the hamstring injury that has kept Bass out for the last week.
The Cowboys and Raiders conclude their work together with a 10:30 a.m. PT practice. The Cowboys will hold a walkthrough in the afternoon.