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June 12, 2014

Anthony Spencer said he has no doubts he'll return to the field in 2014

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is confident his comeback from microfracture knee surgery will have a happy ending, with him on the field at some point in the 2014 season.

“I’m sure some other people have their doubts, but I don’t have any doubts, no," Spencer said Thursday.

Spencer, who played only 34 snaps last season before undergoing surgery, has started running. He said his two runs on the field over the last week have left him encouraged. He will continue the same rehab schedule for the next couple of weeks, and the plan then is for him to start some change of direction movement.

But he concedes he is a long way from getting back to practice.  

“It’s one thing to be able to run and then another whole thing to play football, so I’ve got a little ways to go,” Spencer, 30, said. “But it’s progress and that’s basically what I’ve been showing this whole time.” 

He said he could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Active/PUP would allow him to return to practice anytime before final cuts. Reserve/PUP would force him to miss the first six games.

Spencer said his rehab has him convinced he will be back.

"Because of the progress that I see, I've seen not being able to walk to being able to walk to being able to run," he said. "I feel good about it."

-- Charean Williams

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