Cowboys pass rusher Anthony Spencer hyperextended his knee in OTA workouts last week and missed the first day of the team's minicamp. He told ESPN he also had a bone bruise but would try and practice later this week.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told the Dallas Morning News he plans on being 100 percent healthy by the middle of June. Romo had back surgery to remove a cyst, costing him practice time in OTAs and minicamp. Romo should be fine for training camp.
Cowboys receiver Danny Coale is aiming to participate in the first day of training camp with his team after tearing his ACL last November. Coale did not work in any of the team's offseason practices but says he's "heading in the right direction" according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware expects to be ready for training camp this summer after telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he has regained full motion in his right shoulder. He's begun lifting weights and hopes to practice on a limited basis in the Cowboys' upcoming minicamp. Ware will move from linebacker to DE as part of the Cowboys' new 4-3 defense, a move that he thinks will be a piece of cake. "I think it's going to be an easy transition," Ware said. "There are three or four defensive fronts you've got to learn. Everything else comes off of technique and effort."
Sean Lee told the Dallas Morning News he would be ready for a game if one was coming up but would play through some nagging pain. Lee tore ligaments in his right big toe in Week 7 last year. "I'm pretty much 100 percent," Lee said. "I'll be going through all the OTAs and its getting better and better every week. Other than some soreness after practice, Im pretty much 100 percent."
Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff is free on bond after his arrest Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The 31-year-old nose tackle was arrested shortly after midnight after his pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck on Texas 114 in eastern Grapevine, 20 miles northwest of Dallas. No one was injured, but Ratliff failed a field sobriety test and was taken to city jail, said Grapevine police Officer Sam Shemwell. Ratliff declined a breath test, but police obtained a blood sample for testing, Shemwell said. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple declined comment. The case will go to the Tarrant County district attorney's office in Fort Worth, Shemwell said. If convicted, Ratliff could get up to six months in jail. Ratliff was limited to six games this season with ankle and groin injuries.
The Dolphins and former Falcons defensive back Brent Grimes have agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million ($3 million guaranteed), CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports. Grimes played in just one game last season because of an Achilles injury he suffered in the opener that landed him on injured reserve. Miami provided the most money in a deal, while Cleveland and Atlanta also displayed some interest.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports free agent Michael Turner plans to continue playing football in spite of not having a contract. Turner was released in March by the Falcons after failing a physical. He hurt his ankle in the NFC title game.
Matt Ryan's receiving threats are well documented and the Falcons' run game got a strong upgrade in Steven Jackson. But the offensive line is undergoing some changes as center Todd McClure retired and Tyson Clabo was released. Ryan says not to worry about it. "We've got a guy in Peter Konz that played guard for us last year, but during practice, I got a lot of snaps with Peter. Joe Hawley has played a little bit for us when Todds been out for a series or two throughout games the last couple of years. Ill be fine. Well be fine with those guys in terms of the snap," Ryan told 790 The Zone in Atlanta. "Its a little different and that takes some getting used to so it becomes something you dont even think about. ... We've got Mike Johnson who has played a number of different roles for us. Then a young guy like Lamar Holmes, hes a guy we drafted high last year that we feel really good about. Hes extremely talented and I think hes beginning to learn the offense more and more and this offseason has been productive for him. Im excited about those guys. I think theyre fully capable of coming in and playing good football for us. They just need to do it."