Phillip Tanner RB DAL 24 Days

Tanner has been released by the Cowboys, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

A reserve running back for the Cowboys the past few seasons, Tanner was brought back at the end of the preseason after being released by the Colts. He never really had a shot to make the Dallas roster, and he doesn't figure to register a touch in the NFL this season, unless the Cowboys suffer multiple injuries at running back, in which case they'd likely give the familiar face a call.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 27 Days

Tanner has signed with the Cowboys ahead of Thursday's preseason finale.

Tanner spent the past three seasons as either Dallas' second or third running back, but was not initially retained this offseason because the Cowboys opted to pursue former second-rounder Ryan Williams. Now, with Williams (groin) and Joseph Randle (oblique) somewhat banged-up, Tanner could see extensive playing time in Thursday's last preseason outing. However, since the Cowboys already boast a solid group of four running backs, Tanner may be hard-pressed to make Dallas' roster unless he really impresses in his sudden call to action.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 1 Month

Tanner has been waived by the Colts, the team's official site reports.

With Tanner cycled out, the Colts have added David Fluellen to their depth running back mix, via a trade with the Eagles on Wednesday.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 2 Months

Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner.

With Vick Ballard tearing his Achilles' last week, Trent Richardson nursing a sore hamstring, and freshly-signed RB Davin Meggett going down in practice, the Colts needed some depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Tanner, 26 next month, has 56 career carries for 149 yards (2.7 YPC) and two touchdowns. He'll compete for a spot.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 2 Months

Free agent RB Phillip Tanner worked out for the Seahawks on Saturday.

It's the first known interest in Tanner since he was non-tendered by Dallas earlier this offseason. With Marshawn Lynch holding out, Tanner would be strictly a camp body if signed. The Seahawks also visited with free agents William Powell and Orwin Smith.

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The Cowboys will not tender restricted free agent RB Phillip Tanner, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Cowboys are $20 million or so over the 2014 salary cap, and can't afford to pay Tanner the lowest possible RFA tender ($1.389 million). They'd probably take him back at the NFL minimum cost. Tanner turns 26 years old in August and has below-average running ability, but is an effective special teamer.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 11 Months

Phillip Tanner rushed twice for eight yards in Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Lions, adding one catch for 17 yards.

Tanner wasn't a big part of the game plan with Lance Dunbar (hamstring) back in action. It's possible he'll be a healthy scratch in Week 9 if DeMarco Murray (knee) is ready to return.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL 11 Months

Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner has just five carries for three yards and a nine-yard reception through six weeks.

Tanner fumbled in the opener against the Giants, and has played six snaps of offense since. The Cowboys need Tanner to step up his game in Week 6, however, because rookie Joseph Randle struggles in pass protection, and both DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) are on the shelf. Tanner isn't quite a strong flex play, but could play more snaps than people think.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL Aug 24 '13

Phillip Tanner rushed 14 times for 39 yards in Saturday's fourth preseason game, adding one catch for six yards.

It was a brutal performance, but Tanner appeared well ahead of rookie Joseph Randle on the depth chart. Tanner touched the ball 12 times before halftime, while Randle got the rock just five times before the Cowboys went into clock-killing mode. Unless the Cowboys decide they've seen enough of Tanner at final cuts, he appears poised to serve as DeMarco Murray's handcuff while Lance Dunbar (foot) heals. Tanner has rushed 31 times for 123 yards (3.96 YPC) this preseason.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL Aug 04 '13

Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner rushed 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for a loss of two in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game.

Behind Lance Dunbar, Tanner was the second back through the rotation, getting red-zone handoffs after Lamar Miller's first-possession fumble. Tanner's best run came on Dallas' third drive, busting up the middle and carrying Dolphins second-team defenders for 17 yards. He did the same twice more early in the second quarter on runs of 9 and 17, albeit all against backups. Though he lacks ideal first-step explosion, Tanner packs power when he gets a full head of steam. He remains on the bubble with DeMarco Murray, current No. 2 back Dunbar, and probably draft pick Joseph Randle locked into roster spots.