NFL Rumors: Anthony Spencer Will Play, Unless He Doesn't, Maybe He Will, Or Maybe He Won't

By Ben Grimaldi
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

This may be the worst case of “he said, she said” ever! Once again, today we find out there is never a dull moment in Cowboyland. Here is what we know: Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer did not practice last week because of a pectoral strain and has been listed on the injury report as questionable since last week.

Now comes the fun part. Earlier this morning it was reported that Spencer would play tonight against the Chicago Bears. About an hour later,’s Tim McMahon said through someone “who had direct knowledge of the situation” that Spencer would not play. Whoever that source was never talked to Cowboys VP Stephen Jones who had this to say to radio station 105.3 The Fan, “I think he should be good to go. You always wait to see how they warm up. But he should be fine.”

If that wasn’t enough confusion, there are also reports that Spencer himself has said he will play. Me, I’m just waiting on the official word, which will probably come from Jerry Jones. After all, who else can you trust to tell you the truth on the Dallas Cowboys?

Why there isn’t this much confusion over Fox Sports Jay Glazer’s report that Matt Forte will play for the Bears tonight is beyond me?

It’s all speculation at this point and we’ll all find out in a few hours whether Spencer plays or not. If he can’t go, Cowboys fans will see what the defense will be like with Victor Butler as a starting outside linebacker. There are plenty of fans who would rather see Butler play more anyway and tonight you may get your wish, let’s see if it’s what you hoped for.

To me, the issue of Spencer playing means very little. If the Cowboys can protect Tony Romo they probably win this game. That’s the ultimate key. Of course it would be great to have your entire defensive lineup playing in full force but this game is all about protection and Victor Butler should be an adequate replacement for Spencer as a pass rusher.

After all of today’s reports, I do know one thing, Anthony Spencer will be out there for the Dallas Cowboys tonight. It’s just nobody knows if he’ll be on the sideline or on the field.

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