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Anthony Spencer

30-Year-Old Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys

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Microfracture surgery eventually scuttled Spencer's 2013 season, and he wasn't able to build on his breakout performance from 2012 (95 tackles, 11 sacks). If he's able to return to health he'll have a...

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Bye Week:  11

STATUS:  Out  (PUP-P)     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 6' 3"   WT: 262   DOB: 1/23/1984
College: Purdue  Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a one-year deal with Dallas in April of 2014.

August 2, 2014  –  Anthony Spencer News

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Spencer, who is on the PUP list with a knee injury, continues to run and work on changing directions, but he does not have a timetable to return, the Cowboys' official site reports.

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Anthony Spencer NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2007 23 16 - 27 - 3 - 0 0 - 0 - - - -
2008 24 12 - 28 - 1.5 - 0 0 - 1 - - - -
2009 25 16 - 67 - 6 - 1 0 - 2 - - - -
2010 26 Dal 16 63 52 11 5 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2011 27 Dal 16 66 51 15 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2012 28 Dal 14 95 55 40 11 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013 29 Dal 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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Defensive Snaps in 2013

Anthony Spencer was on the field for 34 of his team's snaps on defense in 2013.


Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Anthony Spencer was on the field for 2 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Def ST
2011 - -
2012 847 0
2013 34 2

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Anthony Spencer 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2 @KC 34 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 StL
4 @SD
5 Den
6 Was
7 @Phi
8 @Det
9 Min
10 @NO
11 BYE Bye Week
12 @NYG
13 Oak
14 @Chi
15 GB
16 @Was
17 Phi

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Anthony Spencer
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Height:   6' 3"
Weight:   262 lbs
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Anthony Spencer: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Cowboys have placed Spencer (knee) on their active/PUP list, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Spencer (knee) has resumed running, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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It's a big step in his recovery from microfracture surgery but he won't attempt any lateral movements for at least a couple of weeks, and it's still a bit of a long shot that Spencer will be able to play in Week 1.
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones admitted on Friday that there was a good chance Spencer (knee) would begin the season on the PUP list, the Dallas Morning News reports. "Our eyes are wide open on this," Jones said.

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Spencer (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's team workouts, David Helman of reports.

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Spencer (knee) agreed to a one-year deal with Dallas on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Spencer underwent microfracture knee surgery Oct. 1, and the hope is that he'll be ready to get back on the field by the start of training camp. With DeMarcus Ware gone the Cowboys are desperate for some help at defensive end, and Spencer is a welcomed presence even at less than 100 percent. Spencer and George Selvie are currently Dallas' top two ends.
Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, says the defensive end is progressing well from microfracture surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports. “Structurally he is sound," Woy said. "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.”

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With all the big name free agent defensive ends now off the market Spencer could attract some interest from a club in need of a pass rusher, but he may have to offer some real proof that his recovery is going well before he gets any offers.

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Either Spencer was seeing dollar signs as he played on the franchise tag in 2012, or he turned a corner in his development. The former first-round pick was always adequate as an outside linebacker in the 3-4, but never an impact player. That changed last year, when Spencer went off for 95 tackles – a very high total for a 3-4 outside linebacker – as well as 11 sacks in just 14 games. Even assuming his production spike was due in part to being in a contract year, as of press time Dallas had him on the franchise tag once again for 2013. His tackle count will almost certainly drop now that he’s playing end in a 4-3 alignment, but Spencer is still a good bet to surpass 60 tackles and double-digit sacks.


Drafted to be a pass-rushing complement to DeMarcus Ware, Spencer has instead developed into a very steady every-down OLB whose worth doesn't show up in his IDP numbers. If the revamped secondary buys the pass rush another second or two Spencer could be one of the big beneficiaries, but otherwise expect another 60+ tackles and mid-single digit sack total.


After looking like he could be a pass-rushing force at the end of 2009, Spencer turned in a thoroughly lackluster '10 season with only five sacks. The Cowboys need more QB pressure from his position to take some heat off DeMarcus Ware, and if Spencer's development continues to stall don't be surprised if Dallas looks elsewhere to get it.


Spencer emerged as more than just DeMarcus Ware's sidekick at the end of 2009, racking up four sacks in the Cowboys' final three regular season games and adding two more in two playoff games. A healthy Ware will draw plenty of attention away from Spencer, and could leave the door open for his first career double-digit sack season.


With Greg Ellis' departure, Spencer will inherit a starting role opposite DeMarcus Ware, and the Cowboys are counting on him to easily top his previous career high of three sacks.


Picked up three sacks and 36 tackles backing up Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware at OLB, but Spencer's role likely won't increase unless Ellis breaks down.


First-round pick will try to make the same adjustment DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis have made the last couple of seasons, from DE to OLB. Spencer's duties will likely be limited to rushing the passer, however, and with Ware drawing double-teams on the other side of the formation Spencer could have surprisingly good IDP value.