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Heading into the Week 2 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys‘ Pro Bowler, Anthony Spencer has confirmed he will return, though not in a starting role. While Spencer has continued to work his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery, Dallas has found surprising production from backup George Selive, a former University of South Florida standout the team signed off the street the day before Spencer’s surgery. And while Spencer may see limited action against the Chiefs, you can bet he’ll take back his starting job soon enough.
According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, when asked about Spencer’s role Sunday, defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin stated “There’s no way he could go too many plays. But if he can go now, I’m sure he’s not going to go for like two plays either. I think if he goes, he’ll go hard.”
But even once Spencer returns to the first unit, don’t be surprised if Kiffin finds creative ways to get Selvie on the field. The Cowboys like what they’ve seen thus far of the 26 year old journeyman and seem unlikely to sign Spencer to the monster deal he’ll likely command this coming offseason. The question is whether Selvie can continue to be effective up front with his pressure and playmaking. Such was the reason for the defensive end’s drastic slide in the 2010 NFL draft. Though he was considered by most a first round talent, Selvie’s sharp decline in production caused him to slide all the way to the seventh round where he was eventually selected by the St. Louis Rams.
Selvie played in only 16 games for the Rams, recording 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks before being waived in September of 2011. From there he made brief stops with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before finally landing with Dallas. And, after an impressive preseason, coupled with the injury to Spencer, Selvie earned his first career start against the New York Giants last Sunday. Playing in 47 of the 59 total plays, he tallied a sack, two quarterback pressures even recovered a fumble deep in the Dallas redzone.
The important thing is to be patient with Anthony Spencer right now, and the presence of George Selvie should hopefully allow the team to do that while their Pro Bowler gets back into form.
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