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December 17, 2012

Anthony Spencer has double-digit sacks for the first time

Anthony Spencer has done something he has never previously done in his six NFL seasons: He has double-digit sacks.

"I didn’t know that until just now," Spencer said in the locker room after the game. "Ten? Yeah, I’m happy about it. I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I haven’t really changed too much. Try to win games. That’s all that matters to me."

Spencer had 1.5 sacks of Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers quarterabck was sacked four times. He has 10 this season, giving the Cowboys two players with double-digit sacks for the first time since 2007. DeMarcus Ware has 11.5 sacks after getting a half sack Sunday. Ware played with a hyperextended elbow, which kept him from practicing last week, and he played through a shoulder injury suffered in the game.

The Cowboys chose to franchise Spencer in the off-season, paying him $8.8 million under the tag this season. He will cost the team more than $10 million for 2013 if they can't reach a long-term agreement and franchise him again.

"He got the average of the top five players in the league as a franchise player," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joked. "That really takes brilliant negotiating on my part as well. So looks like he’s setting it up for another one of those brilliant negotiations from me. He’s playing outstanding, was a significant difference out there today."

There was a question before this season whether Spencer was playing his final season in Dallas. It isn't a question any longer.

-- Charean Williams




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