The Cowboys won’t be surprised if Anthony Spencer begins the 2014 season on the PUP list, but executive vice president Stephen Jones is holding out hope he won’t have to.
“We’re eyes wide open on this – not going to be totally surprised if he starts the season on PUP,” Jones said, via DallasCowboys.com. “Anthony thinks he might beat that, and I hope he does. We came into this knowing that he could be a PUP guy, so it’s not going to be an, ‘Oh my God, he didn’t make the first game.’ We knew that that was a very real possibility.”
Microfracture surgery is very tricky. A player can either bounce back from it or be forced to retire at some point.
“There are guys that come back and guys that struggle,” Jones said. “It’s certainly not an impossibility. Sometimes it just takes longer than your typical ACL or something like that, and everybody’s different and each one of them is different. Anthony wants to be here. We certainly hope he gets back, and if he does, we’ve got a heck of a player on our hands.”