He is officially listed as questionable for the game against the Ravens Sunday but he will likely be held out as the Cowboys will continue to be cautious with Spencer to avoid it becoming a season-ending injury.
Spencer has not played since the Tampa Bay game three weeks ago. He sat out the Bears game before last week’s bye.
“That’s a longer injury than people realize,” Ryan said.
“It’s up to a six-week injury, I’ve heard, or even longer. That’s a big thing. He’s working hard every day, but he’s just going to have to get well. Once he is we’ll play him, but if he’s not we obviously can’t do it even though the kid wants to play. We just can’t do it.”
Look for Victor Butler and Alex Albright to alternate in his place against the Ravens. Albright will likely start in the regular defense with Butler handling pass rush duties.
This will be Albright’s first game back after missing the past two games with a neck strain.
"It’s a good opportunity for me," Albright said. "I’m really excited about it. Vic might come in or Kyle Wilber might come in. We’re such a strong group that once someone goes in, it’s all about the team, and they have the support of everyone."