Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, announced that his client is undergoing season-ending surgery on his knee:
Cowboys’ Anthony Spencer will have season ending surgery. Dr says he will be 100% by Jan or Feb.
— Jordan Woy (@JordanWoy) September 24, 2013
Spencer, 29, was in a contract year after opting to play out the season under the franchise tag, so this is hardly the type of thing he was hoping to have happen before he secures a long-term contract. Spencer’s been tagged by the Cowboys the last two offseasons, and is signed for a guaranteed $10.6 million this year.
Last season, he notched 95 tackles, 11 sacks, three batted passes and two forced fumbles, while playing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
With him now out for the year, the Cowboys will most likely turn to George Selvie to step-up in his absence.
With Spencer out, he joins the likes of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, who was franchise tagged this year for $8.45 million, but suffered a torn ACL Sunday night. Theses unfortunate injuries will likely lead to more players opting for long-term deals when they are franchise tagged.