John Phillips TE SD 10 Months

Chargers TE John Phillips suffered a torn right ACL in December.

The extent of Phillips' injury had previously been unknown. He's a candidate to begin the season on reserve/PUP. The blocking specialist played 241 offensive snaps last season, catching just four passes for 30 yards. Phillips is under contract through 2015.

John Phillips TE SD Oct 03 '79

Chargers placed TE John Phillips on injured reserve with a right knee injury, ending his season.

TE Jake Byrne was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. A pass catcher turned blocking specialist, Phillips had yet to miss a game this season, playing 241 snaps. He caught four passes for 30 yards. Still only 26, Phillips is signed through 2015.

John Phillips TE SD Dec 21 '78

Chargers agreed to terms with TE John Phillips, formerly of the Cowboys, on a three-year contract.

Phillips is more of a pass catcher than a blocker, but has just 30 catches over 48 career games thanks to Jason Witten. He missed all of 2010 with a torn ACL. Redshirting behind Antonio Gates, Phillips won't make a fantasy impact in 2013.

John Phillips TE SD Nov 09 '78

Impending free agent TE John Phillips recently underwent left shoulder surgery.

John Phillips TE SD Nov 03 '78

ESPN Dallas does not expect the Cowboys to bring back impending free agent TE John Phillips.

Much like Martellus Bennett last season, Phillips will hit free agency looking for a place to emerge from Jason Witten's shadow. The problem is that he's not nearly as talented in the blocking or pass-catching game as his predecessor, and thus figures to find a soft market. The Cowboys will likely roll with James Hanna as their No. 2 tight end next season.

John Phillips TE SD May 26 '78

Cowboys backup TE John Phillips has missed the last week of practice due to an ankle injury.

Right now, rookies James Hanna and Andrew Szczerba are the only healthy tight ends on the roster. It's possible the Cowboys could kick the tires on veteran free agent Jeremy Shockey. Still, Phillips' injury isn't known to be serious and he's flashed solid pass-catching ability when given chances in practice. He'll be a player for deep-leaguers to watch if he ends up starting Week 1.

John Phillips TE SD Mar 22 '78

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett plans to use No. 2 TE John Phillips in the vertical passing game this season.

Phillips' role will increase with Martellus Bennett gone. "You will see him running down the field more than he used to, and then get more opportunities in the passing game," Garrett promised. Phillips won't get enough snaps and targets for fantasy consideration, but that could change if Jason Witten went down.

John Phillips TE SD May 21 '77

Cowboys TE John Phillips (ACL surgery) has ditched his knee brace in training camp.

"Don't need to wear one," Phillips said. "I trust it. It's good to go." Phillips is showing no ill effects from the surgery, but he's not playing quite as well as he did prior to the injury. Martellus Bennett is locked in as the No. 2 tight end.

John Phillips TE SD Mar 22 '77

Cowboys TE John Phillips (recovery from torn ACL) is feeling "completely healthy."

Great news for a player that had his 2010 season ended just as it was beginning when he tore his ACL in the Hall of Fame game. Still just 24, Phillips won't be fantasy relevant in Dallas as long as Jason Witten is still around and catching 90 balls a season.