ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: John Phillips #89 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Phillips
One of the more enjoyable moments from last night’s Hall of Fame Game came midway through the first quarter, when Cowboys reserve tight end John Phillips jumped up high to catch an overthrown pass from Jon Kitna. All told, Phillips had 4 catches for 60 yards. Unfortunately, those four catches likely represent the high point of Phillips’ season, because an email from Scott Agulnek with the Dallas Cowboys confirms it's a torn ACL. Ugh.
Results of an MRI test on the right knee of Cowboys tight end John Phillips today revealed that Phillips suffered a torn ACL in the Hall of Fame Game against Cincinnati. He is scheduled to undergo surgery at some point after the team returns from Oxnard and will be lost for the season.
With Martellus Bennett missing last night’s game due to ankle issues, the Cowboys suddenly find themselves thin at a position of presumed strength. Phillips wasn’t a hugely important player for the Cowboys, but players like him usually prove useful as the season grinds on and injuries have their way with the top half of the roster. Furthermore, Marty B wasn’t exactly as great as advertised last season. Maybe Phillips could have pushed him for playing time, and given the Cowboys that devastating two-tight end set they promised to everyone last preseason.
After losing both Marcus Spears and Dez Bryant for 4-6 weeks, your Dallas Cowboys have been understandably cautious about avoiding further injuries down the roster. That’s why you saw Tony Romo for just one possession last night. But at some point, you have to play the games. The Cowboys had good luck with booboos last season, but already the football gods seem intent on wildly overcorrecting that this year. Also injured were Cowboys receiver-kick returner Titus Ryan (broken left thumb); Dallas tackle Alex Barron (sprained right ankle); and Cowboys tight end Kevin Brock (sprained left ankle). Perhaps in the future, robots could play these preseason games. It’s not an unreasonable idea.