Garrett still optimistic on Spencer's health

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys coach Jason Garrett remains optimistic that Anthony Spencer will be able to fill a full-time role at some point this season despite knee problems that caused the defensive end to miss two of the first three games.

“I think it’s realistic,” Garrett said. “It’s a long season. Remember, he was hurt for a couple of games early last year. You just keep banging away and keep trying to get better each and every day and week by week, and hopefully he will be healthy and ready to roll.”

Spencer missed two games last season due to a shoulder injury that didn’t require surgery to repair. He is still having issues with the knee that underwent arthroscopic surgery on July 25, sidelining him through the season opener.

The Cowboys thought Spencer would be a game-time decision on Sunday, but he didn’t even work out before the win over the St. Louis Rams. His knee was too sore when he woke up to consider playing.

“I don’t think it was a setback,” said Garrett, who hopes that Spencer will be available for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. “He played a lot of plays in the [previous] game. I think he played over 30 plays in the game in Kansas City. It just didn’t respond the way he wanted it to and we wanted it to.”

George Selvie, who was signed by the Cowboys after Spencer’s operation, has started every game in Spencer’s place and been a pleasant surprise with production that includes two sacks, more than he had in any of his previous three NFL seasons.