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Anthony Spencer | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 262
College: Purdue
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Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer began running on his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday and said he has no doubts he will play this season.
Spencer is recovering from an October microfracture surgery that traditionally carries an 8-12 month recovery timetable. That timetable would put Spencer on pace to be available Week 1, but microfracture recoveries are notoriously finicky. Spencer will certainly play this season, but it remains a possibility he begins the year on the reserve/PUP list. Jun 12 - 6:39 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer spent five months "laying down 16-17 hours per day" after knee surgery.

Spencer had season-ending microfracture surgery in October, so he's just recently started moving around. He's nowhere close to being in game shape and remains questionable for Week 1. Spencer is a strong candidate to open the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would sideline him the first six weeks.
May 24 - 4:43 PM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) could open the season on the PUP list.

Spencer is recovering from October microfracture surgery and hopes to return by the end of training camp. "This injury it’s really uncommon, you rarely see guys coming back from it," Spencer admitted. "I’m not looking at any type of timetable." The Cowboys are viewing anything they get from Spencer in 2014 as a bonus. Even if he manages to get cleared for Week 1, Spencer's effectiveness coming off a career-threatening injury is a major concern.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 16 - 8:35 PM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys "remain uncertain" if DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) will be ready for training camp.

"The hope" is that Spencer will be ready, but it's unknown three months away from camp. Microfracture is not a straightforward operation. Spencer went under the knife in October.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 28 - 1:19 PM

Cowboys re-signed DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.5 million.

Spencer played only one game in 2013 because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. The 30-year-old struggled to attract interest in the free agent market because of health concerns, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Spencer recorded 11 sacks and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. The Cowboys will likely view anything he offers in 2014 as a bonus.
Apr 26 - 1:47 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer could see the Cowboys re-signing free agent DE Anthony Spencer on a short-term deal.

Spencer is rehabbing from October microfracture surgery and has struggled to attract interest due to health concerns. He could be brought back as a rotational end opposite George Selvie with the Cowboys lacking depth on their defensive line. Spencer is tentatively expected to be ready for training camp.
Apr 12 - 3:37 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Giants, not the Rams, on Sunday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram originally reported that Spencer, 30, was visiting St. Louis. That doesn't appear to be the case. The Giants are looking for a veteran to replace LE Justin Tuck and team with second-year DE Damontre Moore opposite RE Jason Pierre-Paul. Spencer should be healthy by camp.
Mar 16 - 12:28 PM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer is visiting the Rams.

Spencer is currently rehabbing his knee following October microfracture surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. The Rams already possess a solid trio at defensive end led by Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Eugene Sims, but coach Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams love pass rushers. Spencer just turned 30.
Mar 16 - 10:49 AM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer will visit the Redskins on Thursday.

Rehabbing from microfracture surgery, Spencer isn't expected to be 100 percent for training camp. The fact that the Redskins are already hosting him for a visit shows how desperate they are for bargains. Now on the wrong side of 30 as he recovers from a major operation, Spencer would be a risky investment, but a high-upside one. He notched 11 sacks in 2012. CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins are also interested in Spencer's former Cowboys teammate, DT Jason Hatcher.
Mar 12 - 9:58 PM

Free agent DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery) is not expected to be healed in time for training camp.

Spencer is likely to be a second- or third-wave free agency signing. If healthy, he'd be in the hunt for big money. Now 30 years old, Spencer missed all but one game last season. He underwent the microfracture operation last September.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 11 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Dallas reports there are "nearly seven teams" interested in free agent DE/OLB Anthony Spencer.

This sounds like it's coming straight from Spencer's agent, but it's notable nonetheless. After being one of the bigger name free agents the past two seasons (before being designated as the Cowboys' "franchise" player each time), Spencer hasn't been linked to any teams since last season ended. He played in just one game due to microfracture surgery. That could be a significant turnoff for a 30-year-old, though Spencer should be nearing 100 percent.
Mar 9 - 11:26 AM

The Cowboys have engaged in contract talks with free agents Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher.

"They've indicated they want them both back, so we'll see how it goes," were the words of Jordan Woy, the agent for both players. Typically low on cap space, there's zero chance the Cowboys can afford both players, while it's far from a guarantee either returns. Now on the wrong side of 30, recovering from microfracture surgery and hitting a flooded defensive line market, Spencer's value will be hard to figure in free agency.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 21 - 4:28 PM

VP Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are open to re-signing free agent DE Anthony Spencer.

At the right price, of course. Spencer, who was slapped with the franchise tag in both 2012 and 2013, was headed for a monster deal this offseason until knee issues and subsequent microfracture surgery cropped up. Agent Jordan Woy says his client will be ready for 2014 training camp, but he'll likely have to settle for a one- or two-year "prove it" deal. Microfractures have the same career-crippling downside as ligament tears. Spencer is our No. 13 free agent defensive end, just behind Tyson Jackson, Robert Ayers and Corey Wootton.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 23 - 9:41 AM

ESPN Dallas reports Cowboys LE Anthony Spencer (knee, injured reserve) is undergoing microfracture surgery Tuesday, and that the "hope" is he'll be 100 percent by January or February.'s Ian Rapoport reported last week that Spencer was still "considering his options," but it appears microfracture was his only option all along. The January/February timeline is highly optimistic. It's quite possible Spencer won't be 100 percent before free agency kicks off in March. Going on 30, the operation is going to be a major drag on Spencer's earning potential.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 01:31:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys LE Anthony Spencer (knee, injured reserve) is still "considering his options," and "hoping to avoid surgery."

The report comes via Spencer's agent, who was the first to "report" that he required season-ending surgery. Spencer was stashed on injured reserve Wednesday. Potentially in need of microfracture surgery, Spencer's desire to avoid the risky operation is understandable, but probably unrealistic. It's also a sign he fears going under the knife would prevent him from being healthy for the start of free agency.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 05:32:00 PM

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