Spencer likely to start season on roster

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys anticipate taking defensive end Anthony Spencer off the physically unable to perform list before the season begins.

Spencer, who is recovering from October microfracture knee surgery, would have to sit out at least the first six games if he is on the PUP list to start the season. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones indicated that Spencer is likely to instead be on the 53-man roster after the Cowboys make their cuts.

“He’s getting there at a faster pace than we thought,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. “We’re hoping that when we get to our 53-man cutdown that we’ll be dealing with that problem. The problem is, do we keep him on the roster because he’s going to be ready to go in a game, or do we PUP him, which would mean we couldn’t use him for six games?

“It’s looking like we’ll keep him on the roster.”

The Cowboys do not expect Spencer to be ready to play in the season opener. The hope is that Spencer could be ready for the third or fourth game, which would justify the team carrying him on the roster to start the season.