Phillip Tanner is back with the Dallas Cowboys, but it could be a brief stay.
According to the team’s website, the Cowboys have signed Tanner to give the backfield some depth going into Thursday night’s preseason finale with the Broncos. In all likelihood, DeMarco Murray won’t play at all, and Lance Dunbar may very well be held out as well.
This leaves Ryan Williams and Joseph Randle, who are battling for a roster spot, but Randle is coming off an oblique injury. Tanner can come in and help, since he knows the system from the three years he spent in Dallas.
The Cowboys originally signed Tanner as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The team let him walk in free agency this offseason, and he signed with the Colts in July, but he was released less than a month later.
Over three years with Dallas, Tanner posted 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine catches for 93 yards.
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