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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:21:03 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys plan to ride RB DeMarco Murray as much as they can after losing RB Lance Dunbar (knee). "DeMarco Murray is our lead back, has been our lead back all year long, has done an excellent job for us, did a really good job in the game the other day again," head coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday, Dec. 3. "He'll be the lead dog. The other guys, (RBs Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner) will have to step up if they have an opportunity if DeMarco can't go."
Fantasy Tip: If you're a Murray fantasy owner, this is music to your ears. Randle and Tanner are not real threats to push their way into a timeshare with Murray, so he will see a bulk of the carries in a league where in this day and age teams are using a two-back system. Over his past three games, Murray has 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and he has eight receptions for 79 yards over his past two outings.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:10:02 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RBs Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle are expected to receive bigger roles in the offense because of the injury to RB Lance Dunbar (knee).
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:06:33 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner left the team's Week 10 game with cramps.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:12:41 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (knee) will miss the team's Week 7 game but may be able to play Week 8.
Fantasy Tip: With Murray out, Joseph Randle likely will see most of the carries with Phillip Tanner also receiving some playing time. Randle should be considered a flex option while Murray is out. Tanner likely will be just a bench option at this point.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:35:05 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (knee) is dealing with a left medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee, and he'll undergo an MRI exam Monday, Oct. 14. Murray was injured in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins and entered the day ranked fifth in the league with 399 rushing yards. It's unknown if Murray will be able to play in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fantasy Tip: Murray will probably be questionable in Week 7, so keep tabs on his status during the week. It's not a long-term injury, but Murray has been injury-prone and isn't what we'd call a quick healer. If he can't play, the Cowboys would likely go with some combination of Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle in the backfield.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 20:56:10 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (arm) suffered a left arm injury in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame preseason game Sunday, Aug. 4, against the Miami Dolphins, but he was able to return to the game later.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:16:31 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (thumb) showed well in the team's scrimmage, and is off to a good start in training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Still, Randle is behind RB Lance Dunbar for the race for the backup job to RB DeMarco Murray, and RB Phillip Tanner has reportedly been more consistent as well.
Fantasy Tip: Randle missed practice in the offseason due to a thumb injury, so he has gotten behind a bit. However, he has more upside than Dunbar and Tanner. Right now, he is only worth drafting in long-term keeper formats.
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:35:32 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner said he lost around 10 pounds this offseason in hopes of being quicker this season. He said the extra weight hindered him from getting to the hole at times last season.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:51:04 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Kendial Lawrence could push RB Phillip Tanner for a roster spot if he performs well during training camp and the preseason.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:16:18 -0700
The Dallas Cowboys believe RB Joseph Randle can be a full-time running back if something happened to RB DeMarco Murray. Randle will have to compete with RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner for the No. 2 running back job during training camp.
Sat, 11 May 2013 10:12:37 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Kendial Lawrence could compete with RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner for the final running back roster spot during offseason workouts and training camp.
Mon, 06 May 2013 07:36:19 -0700
The Dallas Cowboys don't seem to be high on RB Phillip Tanner, and he could be cut.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:06:27 -0800
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will look to add another running back this offseason that can be a backup to RB DeMarco Murray. Jones said the team likes RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner but see them more as third-down backs.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:08:26 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys will likely not select a running back in the NFL Draft. Instead, the team will likely rely on RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to back up starting RB DeMarco Murray.
Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:07:50 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner are expected to backups to RB DeMarco Murray next season.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:23:14 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones is in the final year of his deal, and he is unlikely to be re-signed, especially since young RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner showed promise behind RB DeMarco Murray.
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:12:34 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys have declared OT Darrion Weems, OG David Arkin, DL Jay Ratliff, C Kevin Kowalski, RB Phillip Tanner, DL Robert Callaway, OL Ronald Leary inactive for Week 17.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:13:24 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys have declared SS Charlie Peprah, OT Darrion Weems, OG David Arkin, DL Jay Ratliff, C Kevin Kowalski, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Phillip Tanner inactive for Week 15.
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:32:53 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner figure to get the brunt of the carries in Week 12 against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Nov. 22, if the team's top two rushers, RB Felix Jones (knee) and RB DeMarco Murray (foot) cannot go. Dunbar said he would welcome more touches, if given the opportunity. "I'm ready for it," Dunbar said. "I know the offense. I know my assignments. Anthony I can do to help the team, I will."
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:48:57 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar picked up more carries in the Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons than RB Phillip Tanner. Head coach Jason Garrett explained that Tanner's special teams duties pushed the team to give Dunbar more touches.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 07:49:11 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys converted just three of 10 third-down opportunities in Week 9. Drops were a key factor to the struggles; WR Kevin Ogletree dropped a third-down pass in the second quarter. RB Phillip Tanner missed an opening on a third-and-1 run in the second quarter, and WR Miles Austin had a third-down drop in the third quarter.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 05:49:51 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones started in the team's Week 9 game, while RB Lance Dunbar received a majority of the snaps as the backup instead of RB Phillip Tanner. The Cowboys rushed for 65 yards on 18 carries. Jones had 39 yards on nine carries and Dunbar, on eight carries, picked up 26 yards.
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:38:01 -0700
The Dallas Cowboys haven't had a running game since losing RB DeMarco Murray (foot) to a sprained left foot in mid-October. Since he has been out, the team has rushed 48 times but averaged just 2.2 yards per carry on the ground. RB Felix Jones (shoulder, knee) isn't 100 percent, but he is probable on the team's official injury report for Week 9. The Cowboys would prefer to continue relying on him because RBs Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar are not as sound in pass protection.
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 09:45:31 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones' (knee, neck) health now is an area of concern as the team prepares for its Week 9 game. In addition to a bruised knee suffered in a game Oct. 21, Jones also suffered a nerve irritation in his neck in the first series of that game. Jones carried the ball 13 times for just 19 yards in Week 8. He was on the practice field Thursday, Nov. 1, with his knee taped up. "We'll see what his health is going into this game," head coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly those other guys have to be ready to play." RBs Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar are the only two healthy backs currently on the roster.
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:55:52 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones (knee) will start in Week 8 in place of RB DeMarco Murray (foot). RB Phillip Tanner will also see action, and there's a good chance the team finds a role for RB Lance Dunbar in the game as well.
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:54:53 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner worked with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Oct. 24, because of injuries to RB DeMarco Murray (foot) and RB Felix Jones (knee).
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:01:54 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner played 35 of the team's 68 offensive snaps in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers, two more snaps than RB Felix Jones (knee).
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:39:28 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot) was seen carrying crutches without a limp Monday, Oct. 22, but he's still unlikely to return in Week 8 against the New York Giants. RB Felix Jones (knee, neck) is expected to start despite being nicked up in Week 7. Jones will likely split the load with RP Phillip Tanner.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:12:33 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner served as the offense's closer in Week 7 at running back. With RB Felix Jones (knee) injured, the Cowboys handed the ball to Tanner on five of their final six snaps of the game. Tanner finished with a career-high 13 carries and 30 yards, and he also caught one pass for eight yards.
Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:10:37 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RBs Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner split the carries in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. Jones carried 15 times for a team-high 44 yards, while Tanner ran for 30 yards on 13 totes. Jones was also good for five receptions and 30 yards, while Tanner added an eight-yard reception.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:07:25 -0700
Despite the loss of Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot) for the Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers, the combination of RBs Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar should be able to run against a rush defense allowing 127 yards per game.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:41:45 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot) is unlikely to play in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers after suffering ligament damage in his left foot in Week 6. Murray will likely be on a week-to-week status, according to sources. An MRI exam showed no broken bones, though. Murray was not in a walking boot after the game.
Fantasy Tip: If Murray misses significant time, look for Felix Jones to become the every-down back, with Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar also having increased roles.
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:40:02 -0700
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team is open to removing RB Felix Jones from the kick return role after he fumbled the opening kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. WRs Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris, RB Phillip Tanner and CB Morris Claiborne could be other options to return kicks.
Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:21:17 -0700
Dallas Cowboys LB Dan Connor (hip), C Phil Costa (back), RB Phillip Tanner (hand) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 4, and are probable for Week 1.
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:19:48 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand), C Phil Costa (back), LB Dan Connor (hip) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Monday, Sept. 3.
Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:04:16 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand), C Phil Costa (back) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Sunday, Sept. 2.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:59:26 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner carried nine times for 48 yards and a touchdown in the preseason finale Wednesday, Aug. 29, against the Miami Dolphins. Tanner is battling RB Lance Dunbar for the No. 3 tailback job.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:58:55 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar carried 15 times for 105 yards and a touchdown in the preseason finale Wednesday, Aug. 29, against the Miami Dolphins. He also had two receptions for five yards. Dunbar is battling RB Phillip Tanner for the No. 3 tailback job. If Dunbar fails to win a roster spot, he is believed to be a prime practice squad candidate.
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:51:14 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand) participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 23. He is not sure if he will play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25.
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:06:43 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand) had surgery on his broken hand Tuesday, Aug. 7. The team is hopeful Tanner will not be sidelined more than two weeks.
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:35:22 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand) traveled to Dallas to have surgery on his broken hand.
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 11:15:53 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (hand) is not practicing Saturday, Aug. 4, because of a hand injury.
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:05:25 -0700
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner will try to hold off a charge from RB Lance Dunbar for the third running back job in training camp. Both players are the result of scouting work done in Dallas Day workouts, the team's pre-draft workouts for Dallas-area prospects.
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:04:53 -0700
The Dallas Cowboys hold their annual Dallas Day workouts before the draft for players with ties to the local area. Former WR Patrick Crayton is the biggest success story from past workouts, but current RB Phillip Tanner is an example on the current roster of a player who caught the eye of the team in Dallas Day workouts. Four players were inked as a result of these workouts this year. LB Adrian Hamilton is a pass rusher who has a chance to make the team. CB Isaac Madison earned some reps with the first-team nickel package, and will be fighting for a fifth cornerback job in training camp. WR Cole Beasley might be another option in the pass game, while RB Lance Dunbar will be fighting for the No. 3 running back job. Dunbar will also get a chance to impress on kickoff returns.
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:00:12 -0800
Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner is expected to compete for more playing time during training camp next season.
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:20:04 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys placed RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring) on the Injured Reserve Friday, Dec. 9, and promoted WR Andre Holmes to the active roster in a corresponding move.
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:12:48 -0800
Dallas Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), DL Joshua Brent (knee), S Abram Elam (personal), QB Jon Kitna (back), S Danny McCray (ankle) and RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 8.
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:59:35 -0800
Dallas Cowboys QB Jon Kitna (back), RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring), TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), OG Kyle Kosier (foot), DL Joshua Brent (knee), LB DeMarcus Ware (neck) and SS Danny McCray (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 12:18:23 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys have declared OG Daniel Loper, OG David Arkin, QB Jon Kitna, DL Joshua Brent, WR Miles Austin, RB Phillip Tanner, FB Tony Fiammetta inactive for Week 13.
Sat, 03 Dec 2011 19:46:53 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys will have just two tailbacks, RBs DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones, active in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals with RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring) inactive.