The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has taken a hit early in training camp with injuries. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford tore his Achilles and is out for the entire season. Jay Ratliff is out with a “mild” hamstring strain. Now franchise tagged defensive end Anthony Spencer is sitting out of practice with a bone bruise he suffered during the conditioning test.
“It’s concerning to me. It’s bothering me right now,” Spencer said, via the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “I really don’t know what else to do, so I’m just taking it day by day.”
And there is no timetable for when he’ll return to practice.
“We’re pretty much playing it by ear. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Spencer said.
He risks falling behind as the Cowboys switch from the 3-4 to Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme. That isn’t worrying Spencer though.
“The defense, it’s not too complicated. It’s straightforward. It’s all the stuff we’ve put in during OTAs, mini-camps, so I know the plays. I know what’s going on,” Spencer said. “Just doing it and repping it is the biggest thing I’m worried about right now.”
The injury doesn’t sound too severe and it shouldn’t keep Spencer sidelined for a considerable amount of time. But it is highlighting a depth problem on their offensive line. They were already short lineman as they switched to the 4-3.