Despite being far from 100 percent in his return to the starting lineup on Sunday, Cowboys Anthony Spencer picked up right where he left off before a strained pectoral sidelined him for the Bears and Ravens games.
Spencer made his presence felt early and often in Carolina, recording six tackles, a quarterback hurry and a sack of the Panthers’ Cam Newton that essentially ended the game--Newton was able to get off one final play, but following several laterals and not much forward momentum, the 19-14 win went official.
Going into the Panthers game, Spencer had two sacks, two tackles for a loss and a pass defensed. Playing with the aid of a shoulder harness, he didn’t seem to be bothered by the injury much against the explosive Panthers’ offense, and played a key role in making Jason Garrett’s decision to go conservative late and trust in the defense the right one.
“He did great,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s still banged up, but he gave us everything we had and that was good enough to get the big sack, that’s for sure.”
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