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September 12, 2013

George Selvie's play allows the Cowboys to be patient with Anthony Spencer's knee injury

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left knee July 25. He practiced with the second-teamers for "15 or 16 plays."

He and the Cowboys hope they get something out of him Sunday against the Chiefs.

"There’s no way he could go too many plays," Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "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."

The Cowboys don't want to rush back Spencer, who will wear a brace for at least a few games, and risk losing him for longer. So they will take their time getting him back in the lineup.

"We love Spence," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We think Spence is an outstanding football player and has been for a number of years here. We want to get him back as quickly as possible. It’s more about how Spencer is. We’re never going to put a player out there who is not able to play, who is not prepared to play, can’t protect himself."

The Cowboys can afford to be patient considering the surprising play of George Selvie. Signed off the street the day before Spencer's surgery, Selvie had a sack, two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery against the Giants.

"Going out there, had my first start," Selvie said. "There was a lot of pressure, but I felt like I might not get an opportunity like this again, so I made the most of it."

Selvie has been a surprise, taking advantage of the opportunity offered to him by the injury to Spencer. He played 47 of 59 plays Sunday. But Selvie knows the job is not his for long.

"I think I might be able to go and play a little bit on special teams when he comes back and coach likes to rotate guys so I’ll be in the rotation. That’s what I feel," Selvie said when asked about his role when Spencer returns to form.

-- Charean Williams 



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