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September 20, 2013

Jerry Jones says Cowboys' and Spencer's doctors thought he'd be 'right as rain' by now, but he's close

The Cowboys are still taking it easy on Anthony Spencer during the practice week, and he is in pain. But he is “real close to right,” owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday morning.

The veteran defensive end missed practice Wednesday and was limited on Thursday as he continues to recover from knee surgery on July 25, eight weeks ago.

“I understand our doctor, his doctors, thought he’d be right as rain right now,” Jones said on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “And it’s not a setback. It’s just these things are different for different people. We’re going to get relative to where we think we are with his injury now.”

Spencer said bone is still making contact with bone in his knee. He had arthroscopic surgery to clean it out but loose cartilage is still a problem, Spencer said this week.

“Now, he has pain,” Jones acknowledged. “But again, we don’t have a player out there for the most part that’s not playing with some pain. And I’m not being cavalier about it. It’s just a fact of life.”

Jones said the defensive coaches remain excited about the possibilities with Spencer and DeMarcus Ware.

“I know that our defensive coaches are excited about Ware and Spencer, saying such things as, ‘We’ve never had it coming from both sides like these guys are capable of doing.’ I don’t think we’re having to be compromised at all in the near term here with Spencer.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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