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28 Phillip Tanner RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/208 | Birthdate: 8/8/1988 | Birthplace: | Team: Dallas | College: Middle Tennessee State | NFL Experience: 4 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1891868.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Cowboys dump boatload of players to reach 53-man roster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Cowboys have sliced their roster down to 53 with a slew of moves on Saturday.

The have released the following offensive players: wide receivers Jamar Newsome, LaRon Byrd and Dezmon Briscoe, guards Stephen Goodin and Uche Nwaneri, running backs Ryan Williams, Phillip Tanner and D.J. Adams, tackle Josh Aladenoye, center Ronald Patrick and tight end Asa Watson.

Among the defenders they let go are linemen Kenneth Boatright, Dartwan Bush and Caesar Rayford, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, safety Ryan Smithl and linebackers Dontravis Sapp, Will Smith and Keith Smith.

The Cowboys also waived/injured linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive tackle Zach Minter while placing safety Jakar Hamilton and cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the reserve/suspended list.


Cowboys bring back Phillip Tanner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Cowboys signed running back Phillip Tanner, who was released by the Colts a week ago. Tanner played for Dallas the past three seasons but got just 12 touches last year.

Colts waive Phillip Tanner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Colts waived running back Phillip Tanner to make room for newly-acquired running back David Fluellen.

Colts add two players


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Colts signed running back Phillip Tanner and linebacker Jonathon Sharpe, and they'll practice with the team Wednesday. Tanner played in 39 games the past three years with the Cowboys, scoring two touchdowns.

Cowboys won't tender Phillip Tanner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) The Cowboys won't offer a $1.389 million tender to restricted free agent running back Phillip Tanner, making him an unrestricted free agent, reports the Dallas Morning News. Tanner signed with Dallas in 2011 as an undrafted free agent and has been a special teams contributor and backup running back.

Lance Dunbar, Phillip Tanner non-entities Sunday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Cowboys running backs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner did little behind starter Joseph Randle with DeMarco Murray injured Sunday in the Week 8 loss at Detroit. 

Dunbar finished second on the team in rushing behind Randle with just 16 yards on five carries. He did not see any targets in the passing game. 

Tanner finished with two carries for 8 yards in the game on the ground. He had one catch for 17 yards on one target from Tony Romo. 

Dallas should get Murray back for Week 9 against Minnesota. 


Phillip Tanner unlikely to score again


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner scored a touchdown last week, his first of the season, with DeMarco Murray missing action against the Eagles. Heading into Week 8 at Detroit, Murray's status remains uncertain again.

Tanner and Joseph Randle would continue to see more looks with Murray out again. That said, we are unsure just how many touches are in store for Tanner, the expected backup to Randle. While Tanner scored last week, he only had two carries for 1 yard and one catch for 7 more.

Tanner will be facing a team that has allowed the 12th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. That said, Detroit has not allowed a rushing touchdown in the last three games and have allowed just two over the last five weeks.

Regardless of Murray's health for Week 8, Tanner is a low-end Fantasy option for Sunday's game.

Phillip Tanner makes most of limited touches Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Cowboys backup running back Phillip Tanner didn't get much work Week 7 at Philadelphia, even with running backs DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar sidelined by injuries. However, Tanner did something Sunday starter Joseph Randle didn't -- score a touchdown.

Tanner had the team's only rushing touchdown Sunday -- a 1-yard score in the third quarter. It was his second career rushing touchdown and first since 2011.

Tanner finished with two carries for 1 yards and one catch for 7 yards in the 17-3 win. The Cowboys are back in action Week 8 at Detroit.


Cowboys trying to remain upbeat after losing top RB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) With the Cowboys preparing to move forward without running back DeMarco Murray, who suffered a sprained MCL Sunday vs. Washington, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team has confidence in running backs Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle. Backup running back Lance Dunbar sat out Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, but he is expected back soon, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"We’ll get Dunbar back, and Murray back, and get back to full speed there at running back," Jones said. "But obviously, I think Tanner and Randle, if he can’t go, will do a good job for us."

Randle got most of the work once Murray left the game, but the results weren't great. He rushed for 17 yards on 11 carries, though he had a rushing touchdown. Tanner had just one carry for 2 yards.

"Any time a player comes out of the game and can’t go back in, you’re concerned," Jones said. "We’re playing well with (Murray). There’s a fall-off there, but I also thought it was nice for Randle to get in there and get his feet wet. I think it’s only going to get better for him."


Phillip Tanner not doing much in Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner took a backseat to DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Redskins at AT&T Stadium.

Randle took over for Murray in the second quarter after Murray went down with a left knee sprain. Tanner received only one carry as he took it for a gain of two yards in the second quarter. 

With Murray's status still up in the air, Tanner could see a boost in his role on offense at Philadelphia in Week 7. 


Phillip Tanner has three carries in victory


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner carried the ball three times in Sunday's 31-7 victory over the Rams. Tanner finished with -1 yard.

Fellow backup running back Lance Dunbar out-carried (five to three) and out-gained (19 yards to -1) Tanner, while also getting two carries before the fourth quarter. All three of Tanner's carries came in Dallas' final drive in the fourth quarter, when the game's outcome was all but decided. 

The Cowboys face the Chargers in Week 4. 


Cowboys get several minor contributions Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Cowboys received minor offensive contributions from a few role players in Week 1 against the Giants.

Running back Phillip Tanner coughed up the ball once and finished with one carry for two yards and one catch for a 9-yard gain.

In the passing game, wide receiver Terrance Williams was the team's third-leading receiver as he had two catches and finished with 32 yards. He was targeted four times. Dwayne Harris was targeted three times and finished with two catches for 12 yards. Tight end Gavin Escobar caught one pass for a 7-yard gain (two targets).

The Cowboys will travel to Kansas City for Week 2.

Lance Dunbar has sprained left foot


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2013) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar missed practice with a left foot sprain and is in a walking boot according to the official team website. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.  

Dunbar appeared to have the inside track at being the No. 2 back for the Cowboys before the injury. Now the likes of Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle are in the mix to back up DeMarco Murray. 


Cowboys flip run-pass ratio


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) The Cowboys ran 34 times and passed 24 times in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game, a contrast to last season when they ran that many times just once. ESPN.com suggests it could be an indication of Bill Callahan's influence as the new play caller or the improvement of backup running backs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner.

But with so many starters sitting out, it might not be significant. "We'll still have to see how this holds up once the starting quarterback, starting wide receivers, starting tight end and starting running back are actually playing and the games count," the report said.


Phillip Tanner has big night against Dolphins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, who's been passed by Lance Dunbar for the No. 2 job, stated his case Sunday night against the Dolphins. Tanner ran 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and shook off an arm injury in the process.

Phillip Tanner lighter coming into camp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2013) Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner lost 10 pounds in the offseason and is down to 210, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"The coaches see the difference," Tanner said. "Coach [Bill] Callahan messaged me in the offseason and said, 'I thought about putting you at fullback last year,' joking around because I was so big. It really has helped me, and I appreciate all the hard work I put in during the offseason."

Tanner played in 14 games last season but carried the ball only 25 times for 61 yards with four catches for 41 yards. 


Phillip Tanner making good impression


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) The Cowboys have been impressed with running back Phillip Tanner this offseason, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

First-year running backs coach Gary Brown didn't see Tanner last year. But he said every aspect of Tanner's game has impressed him.

"From what I've seen so far, he looks like he's in great shape," Brown said. "He’s studying. He knows what he’s doing and not making any mental errors."

Tanner is expected to compete with Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle for the No. 2 job behind starter DeMarco Murray. The likely depth chart heading into training camp will be Murray, Randle, Dunbar and Tanner, so Tanner has some work to do.

Tanner having good offseason


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/29/2013) The Cowboys official team website reports that running back Phillip Tanner has looked good with DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle having been sidelined with injuries during OTA workouts. The report says Tanner has "physically remade his body. He looks lighter and quicker with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t play sluggish and lumber through the hole. There is some wiggle with power in his game." The report also indicated Tanner has improved as a receiver out of the backfield. And it says to "keep an eye on him this summer and see if he continues to work his way back in the mix."