IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer will play in his first Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Clay Matthews of Green Bay.
Spencer, a former Bishop Luers and Purdue standout, had a career-high 11 sacks and led Dallas with 106 tackles, also a personal best. He also had 26 quarterback pressures.
Spencer will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He was given an $8.8 million franchise tag last year to remain with the Cowboys.
Dallas could use the franchise tag on him for a second straight year, but it would cost the Cowboys $10.63 million. Fellow Cowboys Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware were also picked for the NFL’s all-star showcase that will be played in Honolulu on Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.
Witten was selected as a reserve and will be playing in his eighth career Pro Bowl. Ware was named a starter for the seventh straight year but is unable to attend this year because of injury.
Crabtree meets with police
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree voluntarily met with police in their investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team’s playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend, his attorney said.
The statement comes after police said they were investigating a sexual assault allegation involving Crabtree in a San Francisco hotel early last Sunday. Crabtree hasn’t been detained or arrested and has agreed to be available for more questions in the future, police said.
The probe is being handled by the department’s special victims unit. When the investigation is done, the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, which decides if charges should be filed, police said.
Also, the 49ers promoted receiver Chad Hall from the practice squad to the active roster before today’s NFC championship game.
Draft has record 73 underclassmen
A record 73 underclassmen, including six first-team All-Americans, were approved for the NFL draft on Saturday.
That number was eight more than last year.
The six All-Americans were safety Matt Elam of Florida, tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford, tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State, linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia and cornerback Dee Milliner of national champion Alabama.
Also approved was former LSU cornerback-kick returner Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 All-American. Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test.
Around the league
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley hired Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the same position. The Jaguars ranked 29th in the league in total offense this season. Oakland hired former Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as its new offensive coordinator, a person familiar with the decision confirmed on condition of anonymity.
Buffalo hired Pat Morris to be its offensive line coach. He spent the 2011 season coaching the same position with Tampa Bay, and he has also been an assistant in Minnesota, Detroit and San Francisco.