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Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer to have knee surgery

Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer, who had a career-high 11 sacks last season, is having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is likely to miss the rest of training camp.

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OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer is having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is likely to miss the rest of training camp.

Spencer said he will have surgery Thursday in Dallas and expects to miss three weeks, which puts his return about the same time the Cowboys break camp before their third exhibition game at Arizona.

“I have a lot of time,” Spencer said Tuesday. “I feel like I will definitely be ready before the season gets here.”

Spencer, 29, 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 and said the surgery was to clean up some of the tissue around the knee.

“We don’t think it’s a very severe thing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We thought getting it cleaned up sooner rather than later was better for him and for our team.”

Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks last season.

Notes

• Running back Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been cleared by team doctors to participate in training camp, which starts Friday. He injured his left foot Oct. 21 and had surgery in December.

Jones-Drew, 28, led the league in rushing with 1,606 yards in the 2011 season.

• Denver is saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, 28, who lost his starting job and later broke his left leg last season.

• Tampa Bay signed running back Peyton Hillis, 27, who played for Kansas City last season and rushed for 1,177 yards with Cleveland in the 2010 season.

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