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Cowboys put Phillip Tanner on IR

IRVING, Texas -- Phillip Tanner’s dream season is over because of a hamstring injury. The Dallas native was put on injured reserve on Friday to make room for practice squad wide receiver Andre Holmes.

Holmes spent time with the first-team special teams units earlier in the week before suffering a hamstring strain on Thursday. A team had expressed interest in calling up Holmes this week, so the Cowboys promoted him even with the injury.

Holmes was among Minnesota’s final cuts in training camp before joining the Cowboys’ practice squad. He caught 104 passes for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Division II Hillsdale College. He visited Valley Ranch before the draft.

By placing Tanner on injured reserve, the Cowboys have only two running backs (DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones) on the active roster. They signed Chauncey Washington, who is familiar with Joe DeCamillis’ special teams schemes, to the practice squad last week.

Tanner missed the last two games but had expressed hope of returning soon. Instead his season ends with 76 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown to go with two catches for 19 yards.