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Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer isn't happy to be sitting out

Three weeks ago Dallas Cowboys defensive end, and franchise player, Anthony Spencer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The recovery from that operation has kept him out of practice and Dallas is struggling with injuries along the defensive line. That has frustrated the defensive end.

“I don’t think any time is good to miss,” Spencer said, via ESPN Dallas. “I like to be out there. You can only get better by being out there, so actually I’m not helping myself right now.”

It is especially frustrating considering he is making a position change from outside linebacker to defensive end as the Cowboys switch from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3 base defense.

Spencer hasn’t started runing yet but is lifting weights and doing some cardio training on an elliptical machine.

“The more strength I build up, the more stuff I’m able to do in the weight room,” Spencer said. “I’m able to walk a little stronger and feel less pain each day, so it’s getting better.”

It is unlikely that Spencer plays in any of the Cowboys preseason games but should play in their season opener against the New York Giants. That week of practice will be all he gets this preseason.

“On the field is definitely where I’m going to see (improvement) or not,” Spencer said.

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