Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (95) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) look into the backfield of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Will Anthony Spencer Even Play For The Cowboys In 2014?


It seems like most Dallas Cowboys fans let out a big sigh in late April when the news broke that the team had re-signed injured defensive end Anthony Spencer. With major question marks surrounding the position going into the NFL Draft, most took solace in knowing an experienced, Pro Bowl caliber-player could possibly fill that void for the upcoming season. But that illusion came crashing down earlier this week when it was revealed Spencer may actually start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which is also known as the PUP List.

Here’s what Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told dallascowboys.com earlier this week about Spencer and the team’s expectations concerning his recovery time:

“We’re eyes wide open on this – not going to be totally surprised if he starts the season on PUP. Anthony thinks he might beat that, and I hope he does. We came into this knowing that he could be a PUP guy, so it’s not going to be an, ‘Oh my God, he didn’t make the first game.’ We knew that that was a very real possibility.”

If Spencer landed on this list, he would unable to play in the first six games of Dallas’ regular season. And this scenario should leave a bad taste in every Cowboys fan’s mouth as this is exactly how All-Pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff ended up in Chicago last season.

After re-aggregating an injury during a condition test prior to training camp last offseason, Ratliff ended up on the PUP list after several reassurances by the Cowboys front office that he would play at the start of the regular season. Once the veteran Pro Bowl tackle was eligible to play again in Week Seven, rumors surfaced that his injury would now cause him to miss the rest of the regular season. Ratliff was promptly release by Dallas. A week later, doctors cleared him medically and he ended up finishing out the season as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Whereas Ratliff’s situation was more about one disgruntled player, Spencer’s situation is more about a possible career-ending injury. For months we’ve heard nothing but positivity about Spencer’s recovery from micro-fracture knee surgery. This week, Spencer himself admitted to The Associated Press the sobering thought that not many athletes recover from this kind of procedure.

“The injury, it’s really uncommon. You rarely see guys coming back from it. I’m just on my body schedule. Wherever my body is, that’s where I am…I’ve gotten to where I am by listening to my body and rehabbing and doing things at the pace of my body, That’s one of the biggest things with this surgery I’ve read is just being patient. I’m just not pushing it anywhere past that.”

But what do you think?  Will Anthony Spencer even play one single game for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.

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  • Matty ice

    He better come back he owes us fans and his teamates that but this is why I have a problem with the resign If we knew he could be a pup guy why resign him go get someone else we’ve already been burned by Ratliff I wouldn’t spend another penny on this guy untill I knew for sure he wants it and he will play at a high level so yeah he better play and give us some production!!

  • http://www.cowboysblog.net cowboysblognet

    I would not be surprised actually. I feel like he is straight up fleecing the Cowboys. I get the injury, but has anyone made so much money for playing so little? Its crazy.

  • SmartThinking

    Time’s up! Let me show you to the door.

  • David

    People need to be prepared for him to not be available for the season. If he makes it back I would be surprised if he is even remotely as good as he was. This injury has been a career ender for most players. The Cowboys signed him cheap and if he makes it back and plays at a high level great, but dont count on it. The Cowboys have to have the mindset to not count on him for anything.

  • Juanito Juanito

    he is a tief, same as rattlif

  • ctcowboy1968

    Yes, he has been incredibly over paid the last two years. He doesn’t cost much this year. Coaches should plan on him not playing. If he does, it’s a bonus. If at anytime, it becomes evident that he can’t play anymore, then cut him loose.

  • Michael Davis

    I was never excited when we signed him. I was happy that we didn’t overpay him. Let’s forget about the injury for a second. He has never even played DE in the NFL. I was against franchising him before the injury. I thought paying a guy 10 million & not even knowing if he can play the position at top level was crazy. I mean would you pay D. Lawrence 10 million/season? He is making the same position change but at least he is a better athlete & a lot younger. But experts would say Dallas is idiots if they payed D. Law that. I think if he can be a rotational player at some point in season then Dallas should consider themselves lucky. To be honest I’m more excited about Ben Gardner at DE then I am about Spencers possible contributions in 2014.

  • Greg Hill

    At 30 yrs old with a serious knee injury he may play again but not likely. If he does play how productive will he be? If his contract counts against the cap why the risk? No other team took this risk when they had the chance. This is an example of what is called “dead money”.

  • billy

    i really feel anthony has quit. he just hasnt quit wanting money yet. i know hes trying to come back from a very serious surgery and some people dont recover enough to play the game again. i just dont think he likes football enough to give it an honest try. i question if even he would play this year if he could . i have never felt he gave the team the effort he should have. ev en in his best years