The Dallas Cowboys had hoped that starting defensive end Anthony Spencer would be available for the team’s season-opener against the division rival New York Giants, but a new setback with his knee injury has put his status for the start of the 2013-14 NFL season in doubt.
From Ed Werder of ESPN:
Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer had knee swelling over weekend. Setback has not allowed him to practice. Conditioning only today.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 5, 2013
The Cowboys front-seven was already in trouble with the loss of Jay Ratliff, and now with Spencer their depth is seriously depleted.
Spencer had surgery on his injured knee at the beginning of the team’s training camp and he has rarely practiced since that time. It is not an ideal situation for the Cowboys, who are transitioning to a new defensive scheme, but they will hope to find a way to push through and survive without two of their key starters on the defensive side of the ball.