Anthony Spencer not happy sitting out

IRVING, Texas – A little more than three weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, Anthony Spencer does not doubt he will play in the Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants, but he is frustrated he cannot practice.

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

With a move from outside linebacker to defensive end, Spencer understands he needs the practice to get accustomed to his new position. Spencer, who had surgery July 25, has not started running yet, but he is lifting and doing some work on the 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.”

Spencer is unlikely to see any preseason action since the Cowboys always rest their starters in the final preseason game. They close the preseason Aug. 29 against Houston. Spencer will have just a few practices to get ready for the Giants.

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