Selvie made the most out of first NFL start

IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end George Selvie considers his performance in the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener to be the standard for himself.

Selvie, a four-year veteran playing for his fourth NFL team, made a major impact as a fill-in starter for Anthony Spencer. Selvie had a sack, two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery in the win over the New York Giants, with his two biggest plays both coming in the red zone.

“I think I can play at that level on a consistent basis as long as I stay healthy,” said Selvie, who was unemployed all offseason and didn’t sign with the Cowboys until Spencer needed arthroscopic knee surgery during the first week of training camp.

Selvie understands that, regardless of his performance, his playing time will soon drop drastically. He’ll be a rotation defensive end and special teams player once Spencer is ready to play.

Spencer practiced Wednesday for the first time since his July 25 surgery, although he was a limited participant in the workout. It remains to be seen whether Spencer will play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Selvie’s first start of his NFL career could be his last for the Cowboys.

“It was a lot of pressure,” Selvie said. “I felt like I might not get an opportunity like this again, so I made the most of it.”

Owner/general manager Jerry Jones has mentioned that Selvie’s performance makes it much easier to be patient with Spencer’s recovery. The Cowboys should be comfortable easing Spencer back into full-time duty.

“In his absence, George has done an excellent job,” coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s great for our team to point to a guy and say look at how he’s taken advantage of his opportunity, because he’s certainly done that.”