Anthony Spencer has surgery

Updated: July 25, 2013, 6:17 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys starting defensive end Anthony Spencer underwent successful surgery on his left knee Thursday in Dallas.

"It went well," said Jordan Woy, Spencer's Dallas-based agent.

Spencer suffered a hyperextended knee during offseason workouts and re-injured the knee during the conditioning test for training camp Sunday. He tried to play through it, but the knee continued to give him problems.

An MRI revealed a bone bruise, and minor surgery became an option.

Spencer's recovery time is anywhere from 2-3 weeks.

Second on the team with 11 sacks in 2012, Spencer said he hopes to play in one preseason game and expects to be ready for the regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 8 at AT&T Stadium.

Ben Bass has replaced Spencer with the first-team defense at end.

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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