CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: John Phillips #89 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the football after catching a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
It’s been officially reported that tight end John Phillips will miss the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL, suffered in last night’s 16-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame game. Phillips, despite playing less than a half, led the team in receiving with 60 yards on 4 catches, and threw a block that sprung Tashard Choice on a 21-yard carry.
His injury leaves just two healthy tight ends on Dallas’s roster--Jason Witten and rookie Scott Sicko, who played most of the game. Kevin Brock suffered a sprained ankle in last night’s game, and Martellus Bennett was held out as he recovers from a nagging ankle injury he suffered before camp.
Considering, it’s likely that the Cowboys will look to the free agent market for some help at the position.
As Gerry Fraley at the Dallas Morning News points out today, the tight end market is incredibly dry at the moment, as more than 100 tight ends are currently in camp with teams around the NFL. Two options are Martin Rucker, who was released by Philadelphia on Monday, and Tom Santi, who spent the past two seasons as a back-up with Indianapolis, before being released this summer.
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