The Dallas Cowboys defense has been impressive so far this season. The Dallas “D” currently ranks 13th in the NFL in total defense and 4th in take-aways with seven. And the Cowboys were hoping to be even better when All-Pro defensive end Anthony Spencer returned full-time from knee surgery. That now appears to be in jeopardy as it appears Spencer has been lost for the season.
Update: Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, has confirmed through Twitter that the All-Pro will miss the rest of the season. Although he could be back to 100% by January or February.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, owner and general manager of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, appeared on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan” on Tuesday morning and announced that Spencer now requires microfracture surgery on his left knee due to a continued issue with loose cartilage. In late July, Spencer had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair the problem and missed the entire preseason due to rehab. He made his 2013 regular season debut in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs, playing 34 snaps and recording two tackles. But last week, Spencer only practiced once and was ruled out for Sunday’s win against the St. Louis Rams.
During the offseason, new defensive coordinator and coaching legend Monte Kiffin install in Dallas the 4-3 defense along with his Cover 2 scheme. Spencer, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2012, was retained in the offseason via franchise tag for the second straight year to be a big part of this defense and it’s transition. According to rotoworld.com, Spencer’s one year franchise tag is fully guaranteed and worth $10.627 million.
Now, journeyman defensive end George Selvie will start in his place for the rest of the season. Selvie has recorded seven tackles and two sacks in three games for the Cowboys. If Spencer is indeed shut down for the entire season, Selvie will need to step up to replace his production.
Now the big question is, will Anthony Spencer be in Dallas next season?