The Dallas Cowboys viewed Anthony Spencer as an integral part of their team and defense. That is why when a long-term deal couldn’t be reached they placed the franchise tag on him, to keep him around.
Now it looks like they won’t even get a full game of play from Spencer in the 2013 season. Spencer had arthroscopic surgery on July 25th on his knee and missed training camp. He didn’t play in the season opener and played limited roles in week 2 and week 3 of the season. Now he has suffered a set back and the Cowboys officially placed him on Injured Reserve after owner Jerry Jones said his season was done.
From ESPN Dallas:
Anthony Spencer’s season officially came to a close Wednesday when the Dallas Cowboys decided to place the defensive end on injured reserve.
To replace Spencer on the 53-man roster, the Cowboys signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off Detroit’s practice squad.
It is a big loss for the Cowboys, the good news is that George Selvie has done a solid job standing in for Spencer at defensive end. Selvie has also credited Spencer for giving him encouraging words and advice when they’re on the sidelines together. Hopefully for Selvie and the Cowboys that relationship continues.