IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — The Cowboys desperately need pass-rushing help as the regular season approaches. They might not receive it in week 1, but help is on the way.
Owner Jerry Jones believes that defensive end Anthony Spencer, who he says will not be placed on PUP, could be ready by week 2.
“As close as we are to week one, he won’t be ready,” said Jones with Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan. “He will be on our active 53-man roster. We wouldn’t be doing that if we weren’t planning on him being on the field immediately.”
Jones says Spencer, who had microfracture knee surgery in October, is progressing at a “surprisingly fast pace”.
“We feel good enough about his repairs,” said Jones. “He’s got that microfracture. 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.”
But Spencer isn’t the only player along the Dallas defensive front with injury concerns.
Terrell McClain, Henry Melton, and Demarcus Lawrence are each dealing with injuries that could keep them out against the 49ers. But Jerry isn’t ready to place these key defensive players on the PUP list, which would keep them out of game action until week 7.
The team has also said that it will reserve a roster spot for Josh Brent, who is awaiting word on a potential suspension from the league office. He may or may not be placed on the team’s 53-man roster to open the season.
“We have really as many as five players that aren’t immediately going to be on the field with us at San Francisco on our defensive front that we’ve got to, by hook or crook, figure out ways for them to keep their eligibility so we can use them early in the season. That’s going to be quite a juggling act.”
The Cowboys must trim their roster to the league-mandated 75 players by Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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