OXNARD, Calif. – Before their first training camp practice, the Dallas Cowboys placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and left guard Ronald Leary on the physically unable to perform list and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on the non-football illness list.
The moves will not give the Cowboys roster spots, but in Spencer’s case it sets up the possibility of placing him on the reserve/PUP list later in the summer, which would keep him out of the first six regular-season games.
Spencer is coming back from microfracture surgery after he played in just one game last season. Spencer’s rehab has progressed slowly and he started some on-field running in June.
In the offseason he acknowledged he could need more time to get back to the field full-time. The Cowboys signed him to a one-year deal worth as much as $3.5 million if he plays in every game and meets certain playing-time and sack incentives.
He has a $1.25 million base salary, however, if he misses time in the regular season he will be paid less. Spencer played in only one game last season before needing the microfracture surgery.
Leary suffered a hamstring strain in the conditioning test the players ran on Monday at Valley Ranch before flying to California on Tuesday. The injury is not considered serious but he would need to pass a physical in order to begin practicing.
Okoye is recovering from a personal medical issue that kept him out of football last season and is looking for clearance from his doctors. Okoye signed with the Cowboys on May 16 but was unable to take part in any drills. The hope was that he would be cleared by the time training camp began but he will be examined in two weeks.
Okoye played two seasons under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli with the Chicago Bears and recorded five sacks.