Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer might need minor knee surgery
The knee injury has been holding Spencer out of practices, after he initially missed a few OTAs. The injury has been starting to become a concern for Spencer and the Cowboys, who have a banged-up defensive line and lost players at the position this offseason. So, there’s even the “possibility” that Spencer may require surgery to repair the balky right knee, according to ESPN Dallas’ Calvin Watkins.
"It's concerning to me," said Spencer. "It's bothering me right now. I really don't know what else to do, so I'm taking it day by day."
After Spencer started experiencing discomfort in his right knee again that held him out of Saturday's conditioning drills, the Cowboys had an MRI of the injury Sunday night, which confirmed the bone bruise.
"I want it to be better," added Spencer. "Being injured is discouraging."
A minor surgery could keep Spencer out of team practice for over three weeks, but his agent said no final decision has been made yet whether surgery is necessary at the moment.
"We don't think it's severe," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Spencer’s knee injury. "We'll just come up with what we think is the best option here in the next few days."
If Spencer misses significant time this offseason, it could further jeopardize an injury plagued Cowboys defensive line that has already lost defensive end Tyrone Crawford for the 2013 season, after he tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday. Crawford is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn tendon sometime this week.
Because of league rules, the Cowboys cannot place Crawford on the injured reserve once until Aug. 27, when teams cut rosters to 75 players.
The Cowboys also have an open roster spot following Josh Brent’s retirement but they will likely look internally to get help at defensive end before during towards free agent options. The team’s starting defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is also not practicing with the team and was recently placed on the active/physically unable to perform list due to a strained hamstring.