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October 10, 2011

Spencer playing like he did in 2009

Playing opposite DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer is tied for 21st in quarterback knockdowns (5) and hurries (3) with eight. He has 17 tackles, three sacks, six pressures and two forced fumbles. He has given up two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown, according to STATS, Inc.

“He is having an impact on our defense as a run defender and pass rusher, providing quarterback pressure and making plays in the game that impact the game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “DeMarcus Ware and some of the other guys in the front seven are getting a lot of attention and rightfully so. When you have a guy like Spencer playing as well as he has the first four weeks of the season, that makes it hard on opposing offenses. He has to keep it going, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t.”

Spencer’s impact was most felt during the game against Washington. He had a sack/fumble of Rex Grossman with 28 seconds remaining, with linebacker Sean Lee’s recovery icing the Cowboys’ 18-16 victory.

“Whenever I get a sack – it just happened to be at the end of the game – it does something for your confidence,” Spencer said. “…There’s always stuff you could get better at. There’s always going be that. But I am playing pretty well right now.”

-- Charean Williams

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