Cowboys re-sign Anthony Spencer to 1-year deal

Apr 26, 1:29 PM

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a deal with defensive end Anthony Spencer, according to his representative, Jordan Woy.

The team confirmed the signing on their official website.

Spencer was limited to just one game last season as a result of the micro-fracture surgery he underwent on his left knee in October, which was reportedly a concern for other teams showing interest in the 30-year-old.

Woy is confident, however, that Spencer will be ready to go for preseason.

"Structurally he is sound," Woy told the Dallas Morning News in late March. "Now he is building the strength back and conditioning to get ready for the season.

"He would be very limited in OTA's, but from what the doctors are telling us, he should be ready to go by preseason and regular season."

Aug 26, 8:34 PM

Cowboys' Spencer will start year on active roster

Aug 26, 8:34 PM

IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer's recovery from microfracture surgery on his left knee is coming along well enough for him to start the season on the active roster.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that Spencer wouldn't be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco, but would avoid a six-week stay on the physically unable to perform list.

The 30-year-old Spencer said he hopes to return to practice within two weeks, but can't say when he'll be ready for a game.

''I'm still working to get back on the field,'' Spencer said. ''That's the main goal. I'll know when I get my first type of contact against another player, how much of that I'm going to need.''

Spencer dealt with a nagging knee issue throughout the offseason last year and skipped the opener before playing in Kansas City. When swelling and soreness persisted, he opted for microfracture surgery last October.

The eighth-year player made about $19.5 million over two seasons playing under the franchise tag in 2012 and 2013. When he re-signed for $1.3 million with only $250,000 guaranteed, it still wasn't certain he would return from a surgery that's described as potentially career-ending for professional athletes.

''I really didn't have a timetable for myself,'' said Spencer, who had a career-high 11 sacks two years ago. ''I really was taking on the strength of my body. Right now it's stronger than it has been. I feel like we're in a good place.''

Spencer's return could be a boost to a defense still trying to figure out the rotation for a front four that's missing franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware and 2013 sack leader Jason Hatcher from last season. Ware signed with Denver after the Cowboys released him, and Hatcher chose Washington in free agency.

Free agent tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain have missed most of training camp and the preseason, and rookie second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence is out until midseason with a broken foot.

The Cowboys are also waiting for word from the NFL on a possible suspension for defensive tackle Josh Brent, who recently completed a jail sentence for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the drunken-driving death of teammate Jerry Brown.

''We have really as many as five players that aren't immediately going to be on the field with us at San Francisco on our defensive front that we've got to by hook or crook, figure out ways for them to keep their eligibility so that we can use them early in the season,'' Jones said. ''That's going to be quite a juggling act when we also want to use the players we've got that can play in a rotation.''

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Aug 12, 4:59 PM

Cowboys' Jerry Jones: Anthony Spencer may not start season on PUP list

Aug 12, 4:59 PM

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is not expected to return in time for the team's season opener, but owner Jerry Jones is optimistic he could start the year on the 53-man roster.

"He’s getting there," Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's getting there at a faster pace than we thought. We're hoping that when we get to our 53-man cut down that we'll be dealing with that problem.

"The problem is: Do we keep him on the roster because he's going to be ready to go in a game, or do we PUP him, which would mean we couldn't use him for six games? It's looking like we'll keep him on the roster."

Spencer played in one game last season before undergoing micro-fracture surgery in his left knee in October. 

Aug 2, 4:40 PM

Cowboys' Spencer working on cuts and running

Aug 2, 4:40 PM

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is committed to returning to the field in 2014. Despite being on the PUP list with a knee injury, the Cowboys official site updated Saturday that Spencer is continuing to run and work on changing directions. 

Head coach Jason Garrett reiterated that there remains no timetable for Spencer to return, but that he should fit naturally into a new role as the team transitions to a 4-3 defense. 

June 12, 4:46 PM

Cowboys' Spencer has no doubts he'll be back on the field in 2014

June 12, 4:46 PM

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer acknowledged Thursday that he could start the season on the physically unable to perform list, but is confident he will be on the field at some point in 2014.

"I'm sure some other people have their doubts, but I don't have any doubts, no," Spencer said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Spencer has started running again in his return from microfracture surgery, and plans to stick with his current rehab schedule for the next couple of weeks. He isn't sure when he'll be able to return to practice, but is pleased with the progress he's made so far.

"It's one thing to be able to run and then another whole thing to play football, so I've got a little ways to go," Spencer said. "But it's progress and that's basically what I've been showing this whole time."

May 24, 3:00 PM

Cowboys' Spencer could start season on PUP list

May 24, 3:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys knew they were taking a gamble by re-signing defensive end Anthony Spencer, and it appears their risk won't be paying off anytime soon. 

Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' executive vice president, conceded to the Dallas Morning News that Spencer could be headed for the PUP list to start the season. 

“We’re eyes wide open on this,” said Jones. “I won’t be totally surprised if he starts the season on PUP. Anthony thinks he might be back. I hope he does. We came into this knowing that he could be a PUP guy.”

Spencer was limited to one-game in 2013 after having micro-fracture surgery in his left knee. 

Feature photo courtesy of US PRESSWIRE/Matthew Emmons

May 17, 3:25 PM

Spencer's return up in air; Cowboys aren't waiting

May 17, 3:25 PM

IRVING, Texas (AP) Anthony Spencer doesn't have a timetable for a return from microfracture surgery on his left knee. The Dallas defensive end isn't even saying he will play again.

The Cowboys aren't waiting on Spencer, either.

The 30-year-old signed his third straight one-year deal with Dallas after missing all but one game last year and having two knee surgeries about a month apart. But the first two contracts came with the pricey franchise tag, whereas the latest deal maxes out at a third of what he made in 2013.

Dallas surrendered a third-round pick to move up in the second round and take defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys drafted two other defensive linemen after signing three in free agency - not counting Spencer.

Mar 21, 10:45 PM

Report: Giants passing on DE Anthony Spencer because of health concerns

Mar 21, 10:45 PM

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The New York Giants showed some interest last week in free-agent defensive end Anthony Spencer, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Jordan Ranaan of NJ.com is reporting a source has said the Giants are no longer interested because of health concerns with Spencer.  

Spencer played in just one game last season after having micro-fracture surgery in his left knee. 

Mar 16, 12:27 PM

Report: DE Anthony Spencer to visit Giants on Sunday

Mar 16, 12:27 PM

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After visiting the Washington Redskins on Thursday, former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer reportedly plans to visit another NFC East rival on Sunday.

The Giants are looking for a pass rusher to replace the departed Justin Tuck and Spencer just might fit the bill. 

However, Spencer was limited to just one game for the Cowboys last season after undergoing micro-fracture surgery in his left knee, which could make potential suitors wary about signing him. 

Mar 12, 11:03 PM

Report: DE Anthony Spencer to visit Redskins on Thursday

Mar 12, 11:03 PM

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Along with Jason Hatcher, the Washington Redskins have reportedly had their eye on a second Dallas Cowboy lineman in Anthony Spencer, with plans to host the defensive end at their facility on Thursday, per CBSSports' Jason La Canfora. 

Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen remains an uncertainty in recovery from micro-fracture surgery, and because their 3-4 scheme depends heavily on linebackers providing pressure, London Fletcher's retirement has amplified the need to bolster their front seven during the offseason. 

Franchised by the Cowboys for the second-straight year, Spencer appeared in just one game in 2013 after undergoing a micro-fracture surgery of his own on his left knee. 

While the injury could cause trepidation for would-be buyers, it could be a financial blessing for Spencer's eventual employer. The Purdue product is just a year removed from his career season to date, when he posted 11 sacks, contributed on 95 tackles, forced two fumbles, and made his only Pro Bowl.

Houston Texans pass rusher Antonio Smith is also expected to meet with Washington.