Anthony Spencer will have season-ending surgery

AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning that defensive end Anthony Spencer needed to have another surgery on his knee and would likely miss the rest of the season as a result.

There’s no more likely about it. Spencer’s agent Jordan Woy has announced that Spencer will have surgery that brings his season to an end after playing in just one game. Spencer, who had knee surgery this summer that kept him out of the preseason.  said last week that he didn’t think he needed to have a microfracture procedure on his knee, which is what Jones said he needed,  and Woy didn’t specify the type of surgery, but the immediate result for Spencer is the same regardless of what kind of surgery will be performed.

It’s an inopportune time for Spencer to go on the shelf as he’s playing out this year on the franchise tag and will head into free agency with a major question mark about his effectiveness in the future. Woy says that doctors have told Spencer that he will be 100 percent in January or February of next year. Even if that’s the case, Spencer will be 30 and looking for work after a lost season. 

George Selvie has seen the majority of the time in place of Spencer at defensive end and it’s a good bet the Cowboys will look to bolster the position further when they fill Spencer’s roster spot in the coming days.