David Moore, at the Dallas Morning News, is reporting that both Anthony Spencer and Ronald Leary have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp.
Spencer's issues are well-known, and that's kept him generally out of the spotlight so far.
Nobody knows how - or even if - he'll recover from micro-fracture surgery, but he's been a bit of a security blanket for Dallas fans.
Three early roster moves: Cowboys place G Ronald Leary and DE Anthony Spencer on PUP list. DT Amobi Okoye on active/non-football illness
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 24, 2014
Throughout the offseason, much speculation has traversed the transmission lines about the defense.
From rookies DeMarcus Lawrence, Anthony Hitchens, and Terrance Mitchell, to more seasoned newcomers Terrell McClain, Jeremy Mincey, and let's not forget the big question with Rolando McClain (will he or won't he retire again?), the Cowboys are in a state of fluidity that most fans and journalists just don't know what to do with. Aside from the injury-riddled, nothing on the defense is certain. The second Sean Lee was went down during OTAs, we all knew it.
So to see some expectations come to fruition isn't necessarily bad.
Ronald Leary strained hamstring in conditioning test on Monday in Valley Ranch. That's why he is on PUP to start camp
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 24, 2014
Now the story on Ron Leary might be some cause for concern, but with just a sprained hamstring and a solid cast around him on the line, I wouldn't think too hard on this development. Even if his injury turns out to be more than it currently appears, Leary allowed for extra depth as much as anything.
It should also be noted that DT Amobi Okoye has been listed with a non-football illness.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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