Allen Kim

Cowboys May Lose Anthony Spencer For The Year

Created on Sept. 24, 2013 3:01 PM EST

The Dallas Cowboys just can’t seem to stay healthy along the defensive line. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke on 105.3 “The Fan” in Dallas earlier today, and he said that DE Anthony Spencer may need to get microfracture surgery on his troublesome left knee.

“It’s a real setback,” Jones said. “It could be out for the season.”

Spencer already underwent surgery back in July, but he’s only practiced sparingly in the weeks since the operation, and has only played in one game this season.

"I have, like, soft cartilage on the inner side of my knee that's causing [the pain]," said Spencer. "It's not stopping the banging of the bone. It's going to take a little bit more time to heal, and we really don't have time right now."

The timing couldn’t be worse for Spencer, who was supposed to play out the year on a one-year franchise tag worth $10.6 million. That big payday he was looking for may have to wait another year, or it may not happen at all depending on how his recovery goes.

“Here’s a case of a guy you almost have to tie him up to get him off the field,” Jones said of Spencer. “He was so diligent in his rehab. The individual that I have the most empathy for is Spencer because of the type of person he is.”

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