It’s looking increasingly likely that Anthony Spencer will play for the first time in over a year on Sunday against the Saints. To say that his teammates are glad to have him back may be an understatement.
“To have Spencer back is great,” defensive end George Selvie told the team’s official website . “He’s a Pro Bowl guy who can rush the passer. We need somebody out there that can do that. With him coming back, we have a lot of rotation going on. Having him there is going to be great.”
Spencer last played in September of 2013, when he recorded a pair of tackles in limited action against the Chiefs. The following month, he underwent microfracture surgery on his knee and has been slowly working back ever since.
“That’s probably No. 1, is make sure we don’t overuse him,” said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. “He’s kind of on a pitch count. But, you know, he’s had a good week of work. He hasn’t played in a year, so he's practiced well. He's got all the stuff you want. Hopefully this week and every week after this he gets better and better, and now you look for matchups. Once you get a guy like that, then it starts helping everybody."
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