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News: SAEN: Garrett confirms Spencer surgery

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    OXNARD, Calif. – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that defensive end Anthony Spencer could be sidelined for as long as a month after undergoing knee surgery later this week.

    “We don’t think it’s a bad injury at all, but it doesn’t feel quite right to him and we are going to do a procedure on him in the next few days,” Garrett said Tuesday.

    Garrett said surgery was a last resort and that the club expects Spencer to be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 at home against the New York Giants.

    “No one is in any kind of hurry to get these guys on an operating room table,” Garrett said. “That’s not how we want to work. We want to give them an opportunity to rehab and get themselves right and if you can’t do that, you make the next best decision.”

    Spencer led the team in tackles last season and recorded a career-best 11 sacks. While he’s out, second-year pro Kyle Wilber will start opposite DeMarcus Ware.

    The Cowboys’ defensive line is heading toward the preseason opener against Miami on Aug. 4 with serious depth issues. In addition to Spencer, tackle Jay Ratliff is sidelined with a hamstring injury and second-year end Tyrone Crawford is out for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon Sunday.

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