As it turns out, the Dallas Cowboys limped away from Sunday night’s 16-7 victory over the Bengals in the Hall of Fame game with just one healthy tight end. Dallas knew Kevin Brock had suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday night; the team found out early Monday that John Phillips would miss the season with a torn ACL; that same day, tests revealed that Scott Sicko, who played most of the game after Brock and Phillips had gone down, had suffered a concussion.
Martellus Bennett remains questionable for Thursday’s preseason match-up with the Oakland Raiders as he recovers from a nagging ankle injury suffered prior to training camp, which leaves Jason Witten. The starter Witten, according to protocol, will be highly limited in the preseason as a member of the first team offense.
Basically, Dallas needs a tight end in a hurry, in order to eat up snaps throughout the preseason, and they’re low on both options and time. The quick turnaround after Sunday’s opener, paired with the fact that most professional tight ends are already in camp with some other team, makes the task of landing some help at the position a remarkably difficult one.
The idea has been floated that the team could use a fullback at tight end, but head coach Wade Phillips said that he preferred to keep the fullbacks in place rather than teaching them a new position.
That is, don’t be surprised if Dallas lands a new tight end in the next day or two.
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