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Sep 29: Spencer (knee) recorded three tackles in his return to action Sunday against the Saints. Spencer didn't make a big impact, but it could take some time for him to shake off the rust after missing an entire year due to microfracture surgery. Given his ability to rack up both tackles and sacks, he does have some IDP upside if he's able to make it all the way back to his pre-injury form.

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Sep 28: Spencer (knee) is not included on the Cowboys' inactive list, allowing him to make his season debut Sunday night versus the Saints. Spencer will make his 2014 debut in Week 4, after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last October. Given Spencer's time off, the veteran might be limited in some capacity Sunday, but his return should certainly boost a Dallas defense in search of playmakers.

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Sep 26: Spencer (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans. Spencer logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he sat out Friday, making his Sunday situation unclear.

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Sep 23: While Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones is optimistic that Spencer (knee) will be in the lineup for Week 4, coach Jason Garrett was a little more guarded in his assessment of Spencer's chances, the Dallas Morning News reports. "We'll just see take him day by day," Garrett said on Monday. "He's worked very hard the last few weeks just to get back. We'll see what he's able to do on Wednesday." Spencer seems close to seeing his first game action in over a year following his knee injury and microfracture surgery, but we'll have a better idea of his availability once his activity level during practice this week becomes clear.

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Sep 19: Spencer (knee) is out for Sunday's game against St. Louis. Spencer made two limited practice showings this week, but ended up sitting Friday. It's not clear whether he might be able to play next week, but his return to practice seems encouraging, in any case.

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Sep 16: Spencer (knee) could return to practice on a limited basis this week, the Dallas Morning News reports. Given that it's been a year since he saw any game action, a Week 3 return to the lineup seems overly optimistic, but Spencer is inching closer to getting back on the field.

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Sep 4: Spencer (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's opener against the 49ers, ESPN Dallas reports. Spencer's removal from the PUP list over the weekend allows him to return before six weeks of the season are complete. However, he missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday, spurring the Cowboys to rule out the pass-rusher for Week 1. Once he's recovered from last October's microfracture surgery, he'll factor into a defensive front that is fairly inexperienced.

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Aug 30: As expected, Spencer was removed from the PUP list Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reports. Though he isn't expected to play in the Cowboys' opener, Spencer has a shot to make it back within the first six weeks of the season, something he couldn't have done had the team left him on the PUP list. He underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in October, and there's no guarantee that he'll play at a high level upon returning.

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Aug 26: Spencer (knee) will be on the Cowboys' 53-man roster once the regular season begins, but he won't be ready to play in Week 1, the Dallas Morning News reports. Spencer still hasn't practiced since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. However, with the Cowboys wanting to avoid the automatic six-game absence that comes along with a player beginning the season on the PUP list, Spencer will be activated to Dallas' 53-man squad before Sunday's deadline. Spencer reportedly has some progress to make in feeling confident about using his knee to make cuts, so it's unclear when he'll start practicing in the Cowboys' new 4-3 scheme, but an early-season return is now a possibility.

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Aug 2: Spencer, who is on the PUP list with a knee injury, continues to run and work on changing directions, but he does not have a timetable to return, the Cowboys' official site reports. Spencer has been out for most of the team's transition to a 4-3 defense, but coach Jason Garrett said that 4-3 defensive end is Spencer's most natural position.

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Jul 24: The Cowboys have placed Spencer (knee) on their active/PUP list, the Dallas Morning News reports. The Cowboys hope that Spencer -- who continues to recover from microfracture surgery on his left knee on Oct. 1 -- can practice at some point during training camp. That said, the report notes that it's possible that the defensive end could start the season on the team's reserve/PUP list, a scenario that would keep Spencer out for at least six games out of the gate.

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Jun 13: Spencer (knee) has resumed running, the Dallas Morning News reports. It's a big step in his recovery from microfracture surgery but he won't attempt any lateral movements for at least a couple of weeks, and it's still a bit of a long shot that Spencer will be able to play in Week 1.

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May 17: Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones admitted on Friday that there was a good chance Spencer (knee) would begin the season on the PUP list, the Dallas Morning News reports. "Our eyes are wide open on this," Jones said. Spencer himself said on Friday that he probably wouldn't see any preseason action, and if that's the case a stint on the PUP list would be almost inevitable.

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May 7: Spencer (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's team workouts, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. Spencer is at the team's facility for his rehab, however, and the Cowboys are hopeful he'll be able to take the field for Week 1. Until he's seen some real progress, though, owners in IDP leagues with early drafts shouldn't bother rostering him.

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