Life hasn’t been easy for Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman at the start of the team’s training camp. First it was a hamstring tweak for defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and what was called a bone bruise for defensive end Anthony Spencer. That news was followed by a torn Achilles that would put reserve defensive end Tyrone Crawford out for the year and now we are circling back to Spencer.
It appears that Spencer’s knee injury was more serious than originally thought and he will be forced to undergo surgery later this week.
The news was confirmed by NFL Network’s Around the League:
Jason Garrett confirms surgery for Anthony Spencer later this week. Rough start for Cowboys D to camp.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) July 23, 2013
The good news for the Cowboys is that Spencer is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
However, the complete lack of depth along the defensive line and the lack of reps as the team transitions to a new defensive scheme has to be troubling for the team. If another defensive lineman goes down before Spencer’s return, you would have to think that the injury bug could be something that plagues the Dallas defense once again this season.