Dallas Cowboy Anthony Spencer Potentially Lost for Season

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple sources, notably Jon Machota at dallasnews.com, Anthony Spencer may be lost for the season. The news broke earlier this morning after Jerry Jones made an unassuming local radio appearance.

Said Jerry Jones on 105.3 The Fan,

“We’ve had another setback. Anthony Spencer – we’ve learned late yesterday morning – is probably going to have some more surgery, which is a real setback”

If Spencer undergoes the expected microfracture surgery on his left knee he will surely be out the remainder of the season. Currently playing under a franchise tag and not a long-term contract, the 29 year old may have played his last day in a Cowboys uniform.

It will be hard for a 30 year old to demand a large contract coming off micro-surgery so free agency could be a troubling time for Spencer in 2014. This is exactly why many NFL players HATE the franchise tag.

This is a huge blow to both the Dallas Cowboys pass-rush and to the team as a whole. Spencer is considered a pass-rushing threat and a leader in the locker room.

The Dallas Cowboys began the 2013 season with depth and injury issues on the defensive line and have found a way to overcome – and in fact - thrive, 3 weeks into this young season. They will have to adapt once again as this news will certainly have a significant impact on their schemes and front end depth.

George Selvie has been admirably playing in his stead but clearly isn’t as proven as Spencer. It will be up to Selvie and fellow DE, Kyle Wilber, to fill in at DE and make up for the loss of Spence. both are young players who have improved as playmakers with their recent increase in playing time. It appears the future in Dallas begins today for these young men.

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Topics: Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys, Injury News, Jerry Jones

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