Phillip Tanner jokes he's tougher than Emmitt

August, 9, 2012
8/09/12
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OXNARD, Calif. – It won’t be easy as the Cowboys’ third running back, but Phillip Tanner will do his best to live up to the Emmitt Smith comparisons.

Tanner had a similar surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand that Smith had in the 1990s. Smith missed just one game.

“I’m tougher than Emmitt,” Tanner joked, “so if it took Emmitt a week, I should be back in a day.”

The actual hope is that Tanner will be able to return to practice before the Cowboys head to San Diego. He will be fitted with a special glove much like the one Terrell Owens wore in 2006 after he broke a bone in his hand.

Tanner is wearing a cast on his hand and staying involved in the meetings and walkthroughs.

“I don’t want to get too much out of the football knowledge,” Tanner said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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