Cowboys suddenly thin at TE spot

August, 9, 2010
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Cowboys reserve tight end John Phillips, one of the stars of training camp, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. An MRI on Monday morning confirmed what the Cowboys had feared when Phillips collapsed while attempting to release into a route during last Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bengals.

Phillips had become a very versatile player for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and he had four catches for 60 yards Sunday night before leaving the game with an injury. The Cowboys are now incredibly thin at an important position. They'll likely have to sign at least one player off the street just to make it through practice. Jason Witten's too valuable to see a lot of preseason reps and Martellus Bennett sat out Sunday's game to rest his ankle.

Other than Witten, Scott Sicko is the only completely healthy tight end on the roster. For Phillips, it's a cruel ending to what appeared to be a promising season. He was on the verge of becoming a devastating blocker, and I believe he may have surpassed Bennett in the rotation.

"It's disappointing because he was having such a great camp and such a great game," tight ends coach John Garrett said Sunday night following the game. "But I know one thing: He's got great resolve. He's got great perseverance. If there's anybody going to come back even stronger than he was before, it'll be John Phillips."

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