The Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl defensive end Anthony Spencer has been struggling in rehabbing his knee since having surgery on it in late July. After missing the entire preseason and Week One of the regular season, Spencer returned last week in limited duty against the Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded two tackles in that game. Unfortunately, there appears to have been a set-back during this weeks’ rehab as Spencer has been officially ruled out for today’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
Spencer was spotty at practice this week sitting out on both Wednesday and Friday. He did make an appearance on Thursday, but only on a limited basis. Spencer was listed on the Cowboys official injury report as “questionable” for this weekends game.
His absence will mean journeyman defensive end George Selvie will get his third straight start for Dallas. In his two previous outings, Selvie has recorded five tackles and a sack. In his short three year career, Selvie has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers and today’s opponent, the Rams. He was drafted by St. Louis in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Last year, Spencer recorded 95 tackles and 11 sacks making the Pro Bowl for the first time. In the off-season, Spencer was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end as part of the Cowboys defensive transition to the 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Spencer is expected to be a vital part of the Cowboys pass rush this season, as the Cowboys franchised tagged him for the second consecutive year. Essentially, making Spencer prove that last year wasn’t a fluke and he’s worth the money to be signed long term. Obviously, this injury complicates that for both parties.