(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer will miss the rest of the season after announcing Tuesday that he will undergo left knee surgery.
His agent, Jordan Woy, said Tuesday that Spencer would need microfracture surgery on his knee. Spencer also had surgery on the same knee July 25 and has only practiced a handful of times this season. He managed to play a few snaps in a Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I have, like, soft cartilage on the inner side of my knee that’s causing [the pain],” Spencer said last week. “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 Cowboys gave Spencer the franchise tag this past offseason, costing the team $10.6 million. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Spencer is expected to be 100 percent healthy by early next year, according to team physician Dan Cooper.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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