OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer, a former Bishop Luers and Purdue standout, will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could miss the rest of training camp.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday the surgery would be performed this week. He said the Cowboys don’t think it’s a very severe thing and put the recovery time at two to four weeks.
Spencer hyperextended the knee in offseason workouts and said he aggravated the injury in the conditioning test before training camp. He has described the injury as a bone bruise.
Spencer, 29, had a similar procedure in late August 2008 but just missed one regular-season game. Dallas breaks camp Aug. 16.
He was the leading tackler last season and finished a half-sack behind DeMarcus Ware with a career-high 11.
Browns sign offensive guard
Cleveland agreed to terms with guard John Greco on a five-year contract.
Greco started a career-high 10 games last season for the Browns, filling in at left guard after Jason Pinkston was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Greco was part of an offensive line that helped running back Trent Richardson rush for a franchise rookie record 950 yards last season.
Jaguars Jones-Drew cleared to practice
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew was cleared by team doctors to begin practice Friday when the Jaguars hold their first training camp practice.
Jones-Drew last practice with the team was the middle of October last year following the team’s bye week. He suffered a fracture of his left foot, later diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, on the first play from scrimmage against Oakland on Oct. 21.
He missed all of the Jaguars’ OTA practices and the team’s minicamp for veterans in mid-June. But on the last day of the Jaguars’ minicamp, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 said he would be ready when camp opened in late July.
Around the league
Tampa Bay signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract. The New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp.
Houston signed second-round draft choice D.J. Swearinger and third-rounder Brennan Williams and now has all nine of its draft picks under contract. Oakland signed fourth-round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson to a contract. Seattle signed former Atlanta tight end Michael Palmer and released defensive back Ray Polk.
Green Bay waived quarterback Matt Brown. Buffalo parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson one year after he signed a four-year, $21 million deal. Denver will save $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.