IRVING, Texas -- Turns out the Dallas Cowboys will have an outside linebacker at the Pro Bowl after all.
Anthony Spencer was named as an injury replacement for Green Bay's Clay Matthews on Friday. Dallas' DeMarcus Ware was voted to the Pro Bowl for the seventh straight year, but he had recent shoulder surgery and was replaced by Minnesota's Chad Greenway.
Spencer's first trip to the Pro Bowl comes on the heels of his first double-digit sack season. In 14 games, Spencer led the Cowboys with
106 tackles and a career-high 11 sacks. He also had eight tackles for loss, 26 quarterback pressures, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
His addition to the Pro Bowl comes at a good time considering he will be a free agent.
The Cowboys have had cursory talks with his agent, Jordan Woy, but nothing substantial. The Cowboys face a difficult salary-cap situation but could place the franchise tag on Spencer for a second straight offseason, which would cost $10.6 million.
Spencer will join Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in Hawaii. Witten will be making the eighth Pro Bowl appearance of his career.