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TE John Phillips Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

The team's no. 2 tight end, Phillips started eight games in 2012



    Slowly but surely, the many Dallas Cowboys who finished the 2012 season banged up are getting healthy.

    Cowboys No. 2 tight end John Phillips underwent shoulder surgery recently, but, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, is expected to return in time for the beginning of team workouts this spring. Coming off a season that saw the Virginia product get eight starts and record eight catches for 55 yards and a touchdown, Phillips is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but there’s a pretty good chance that he could return to Dallas in 2013.

    That said, the team seems to have grown fonder of their sixth round pick in the 2012 Draft, Oklahoma product and No. 3 tight end James Hanna, as the season went on. With increased playing time down the stretch, Hanna finished tied with Phillips in terms of catches with eight, and went for 86 yards.

    Phillips is the second Cowboy to undergo shoulder surgery this offseason. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware also had surgery on his dinged up shoulder, which nagged at him throughout 2012 and kept him from accepting his invitation to the Pro Bowl.

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