Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (95) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) look into the backfield of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Spencer says he is "getting ready to play"

The Dallas Cowboys have been without their franchise player, defensive end Anthony Spencer, since late July when he had a knee injury that required an operation. He practiced earlier this week but his absence was noticeable on Thursday and that led to speculation that he had reinjured his knee.

Instead he stayed at the team’s facilities in Valley Ranch while the team practiced at Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington. He stayed back to rehab his knee, but he didn’t re-injure it, it was the plan all along.

“That was the game plan from the beginning, work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, chill on Thursday and go on Friday and see how it feels from there,” Spencer said.

The Cowboys found a suitable replacement in George Selvie who played well in his absence. Spencer is still trying to get ready for the week 2 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I’m getting ready to play, yes,” Spencer said.

The Cowboys new defense impressed for the most part in the opener despite being without Spencer. They’ll be glad to have him back when he gets onto the field. That might not be this week though, he’s been practicing with the second team for the most part this week.

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