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July 23, 2013

Jason Garrett expects Anthony Spencer back in 2-4 weeks and ready to go in the team's new defense

Jason Garrett expects Anthony Spencer to have no problems getting up to speed on the defense. Spencer will miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery on his left knee later this week.

"He’ll catch up quickly," Garrett said. "He’s a smart guy, and the work that he did get in the offseason was very productive for him. Again, it’s early. We’re starting a week earlier than everybody else in the National Football League except for the Dolphins. We understand what the date is on the calendar, and we just want to make sure we’re smart with these players, certainly the players who have been around and we’re counting on him. He’s certainly one of those guys. We don’t think it’s a very severe thing. We just wanted to make sure we got it cleaned up. We thought getting it cleaned up sooner rather than later was better for him and for our team."

Spencer has been bothered by the knee since the team's OTAs in May and sat out the minicamp last month in hopes rest would heal it. But after Spencer experienced more pain in his knee during the team's conditioning test Saturday, doctors have advised minor surgery.

"We don’t think it’s bad at all," Garrett said. "It doesn’t feel quite right to him, and we are going to do a procedure on him in the next few days. Hopefully, he should be back in a couple of weeks."

The Cowboys have changed defenses since last season, going from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. Spencer and DeMarcus Ware are moving from outside linebacker to defensive end.

-- Charean Williams

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