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Saints Release Veteran DE Anthony Spencer From I.R.

The New Orleans Saints officially released DE Anthony Spencer from the injured reserve list on Tuesday, according to the NFL transactions release.

Spencer, 31, sustained a torn ACL in 2013 during the first game of the season. At the time, he was playing under the Cowboys’ franchise tag, which resulted in him accepting a one-year, prove-it contract with Dallas.

It took him a while to find a team during free agency, but the Saints eventually signed him to a one-year contract in April. However, Spencer was placed on season-ending injured reserve before the start of the season.

In 2014, Spencer appeared in 13 games and recorded 23 tackles, a half sack, a forced fumble, a recovery for a touchdown and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 21 defensive end in a 4-3 defense out of 59 qualifying players.