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Spencer's Delayed Return Will Thwart Defensive Progress



    The Cowboys’ defense was historically atrocious in 2013. And it may take a while before it’s better in 2014.

    Gone from the squad are accomplished veterans DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and Sean Lee. And late to the party will be Anthony Spencer, who will likely begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and not be eligible to play in a game until Week 7.

    Spencer, by far the best pass-rusher on the Cowboys’ roster, underwent microfracture knee surgery a year ago in training camp and played in only one game last season. In Oxnard he is running and pulling a sled in a straight line, but has yet to start cutting in an attempt to test the knee.

    To say the Cowboys’ defense desperately needs him is an understatement. In 2012 he produced 11 sacks and made the Pro Bowl. No one else on the defensive line has that kind of history or, honestly, that kind of potential.

    We know how bad the defense can be. We may have to wait until Spencer’s return in October to find out just how good they can be.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.