BALTIMORE – Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer will miss his second straight game with a strained pectoral muscle, which is not good news for a Cowboys defense that will attempt to slow Baltimore running back Ray Rice.
Victor Butler started for Spencer on Oct. 1 vs. Chicago, but Alex Albright will get looks at outside linebacker as well, most likely on running downs. The Cowboys could also use more 4-3 as its base defense.
Defensive end Marcus Spears is also inactive with the return of nose tackle Jay Ratliff. It is the first time Spears has been a healthy scratch in his career, although he is slowed a little by a sore knee.
Center Ryan Cook is inactive because of a hamstring injury. He started the last three games in place of Phil Costa, who will return today after overcoming a back injury. With Cook inactive, David Arkin is the backup center and the Cowboys will dress eight offensive linemen.