Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebackers Victor Butler (57) and Anthony Spencer (93) prepare to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys' Anthony Spencer unlikely to practice today

Dallas Cowboys placed their franchise tag on defensive end Anthony Spencer who is converting to that position from outside linebacker. Spencer has been battling injuries and won’t practice today as the Cowboys begin preparing for their season opener against the New York Giants.

Spencer hasn’t practiced since July 21st. He is battling a lingering knee injury that has been a lingering and nagging issue since it acted up during a conditioning test. It originally was an injury suffered in offseason workouts.

On July 25th Spencer had minor knee surgery and hoped to play at least one preseason game.

If he can’t play George Selvie can be expected to step in for him. Even if Spencer does play in the opener he’ll likely limited to certain situations and Monte Kiffin said he wasn’t sure how many plays he would have him available for.

The defensive line was a position of strength for the Cowboys ahead of the season but riddled with injuries it is an area of concern. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is out for the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list because of a groin injury.

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