Anthony Spencer will go into the regular season without any preseason action, but he vows to be in the starting lineup for the Sept. 8 opener against the Giants.
"The more strength I build up, the more stuff I’m able to do in the weight room, it’s making me be able to walk a little stronger and feel less pain each day," Spencer said Monday. "So it’s getting better."
The defensive end had surgery on his left knee July 25. He still is not running. He is walking, lifting, doing elliptical work and riding the stationary bike.
"I’m trying to stay a little bit conditioned," Spencer said.
He is moving from linebacker to defensive end and has had little work in the 4-3 defense of Monte Kiffin. He would rather be on the practice field learning than rehabbing.
"I like being out there," Spencer said. "You only can get better by being out there. I’m actually not helping myself right now."
The Cowboys need Spencer, who had career highs with 106 tackles and 11 sacks last season. They are paying him $10.6 million under the franchise tag and believe he and DeMarcus Ware can give them a formidable pair of pass- rushers.
-- Charean Williams