Anthony Spencer sore, but should be fine

September, 16, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end Anthony Spencer made his season debut for the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Spencer missed the season opener while recovering from minor knee surgery and has practiced only three times since the start of training camp.

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Spencer participated in 34 defensive and two special-teams plays against the Chiefs and recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry.

"I guess the same -- sore, like I played a game (Sunday)," Spencer said of his health. "Just try to get healthy for (Week 3 vs. St. Louis). Just play it by ear and see how it goes. We'll go out on the (practice) field and how that goes."

Spencer said the soreness in his knee is expected, and that he did some running on Monday.

Spencer's debut also marked his first appearance as a full-time defensive end in the NFL. When the Cowboys played a 3-4 defense, Spencer was an outside linebacker; when the team switched to a 4-3 defensive front, he returned to a position he played in college at Purdue.

Spencer is projected to play left defensive end, which normally lines up on the strong side of the offensive line; during Sunday's game he was flipped to the right side to create mismatches for him and DeMarcus Ware.

"It's different positions in the aspect of I'm playing in the under five-technique, with the tight end outside of you," Spencer said. "It's different for us just because we're not used to not setting the edge, because we did it so much in the past (in a 3-4 scheme). It's something you've got to get used to."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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