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Old 05-10-2008   #10
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Article on Spencer's return in Yahoo Sports

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

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HOUSTON (AP)—The start of Houston Texans minicamp on Friday was more than just a practice to Charles Spencer.
The 6-foot-4, 338-pound offensive lineman took the field with his team for the first time since breaking his left leg nearly two years ago, a severe injury that doctors thought could end his career.
It’s a minor miracle that he’s even playing again, but Spencer’s goal now is earning back his job.
“I’m taking it day by day. I ain’t rushing nothing,” Spencer said. “I’m excited to show these coaches what I can do.”
Ephraim Salaam has started at left tackle in all 30 games since Spencer’s injury. The Texans used their first-round pick this year on tackle Duane Brown and coach Gary Kubiak said Brown is the front-runner to take over position this season.

Spencer showed the same potential when the Texans drafted him in the third round in 2006. He was the Texans’ starting left tackle for the first two games of 2006, but was injured in the third quarter of his second game, Houston’s 43-24 loss to Indianapolis on Sept. 17.

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Once he was able to run again, Spencer had to overcome the fear of re-injuring it.
“For a while, I was kind of half-stepping,” he said. “What can I do? How fast can I come back? Once you get over that hump, that was probably the biggest thing, just trusting it.”
Spencer joined some teammates for running and conditioning drills about a month ago. He was so eager to test his leg, he had to hold himself back.
“I was flying up and down the field,” he said.
The time out gave Spencer a new, humble perspective. He was a star in college, an All Big East selection in his junior and senior seasons. In the pros, he’s just another player fighting to stay on a roster.
“It’s a business and everybody is replaceable,” Spencer said. “If you don’t prepare yourself as being the best, or being elite, then you’re replaceable. I have to approach that every day.”
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