Ware expects Ratliff, Spencer to be ready

August, 21, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – The chances that Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer will play in the preseason are remote at best, but DeMarcus Ware doesn't think it will take long for either player to get ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New York Giants.

Ratliff has not practiced this summer because of a hamstring injury suffered in the conditioning test and continued rehab from sports-hernia surgery last December. He remains on the active/physically unable to perform list.

Spencer is recovering from July 25 knee surgery and has yet to begin running.

Ratliff and Spencer are also making position switches, from nose tackle to under-tackle for Ratliff, and from outside linebacker to defensive end for Spencer.

“The scheme is very simple, but the effort is what it’s all predicated on and making plays on athleticism, making it simple so guys can attack and be aggressive,” Ware said. “When Jay and Spencer come back, it’s not about them not knowing the scheme and how they’re going to attack us because when people attack the 4-3, it's very simple. It’s more about, are they going to be in shape or making sure they’re in shape and making sure their bodies are right to withstand a whole game.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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