CANTON OH - AUGUST 8: John Phillips #89 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the football after catching a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8 2010 in Canton Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Our worst fears have been confirmed. The MRI results have come in on backup TE John Phillips' right knee and they show a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Before last night's game, the tight end position looked to be one of strength for the Cowboys. Now they will have to adjust accordingly, whether that means keeping an extra fullback or bringing in another TE.
Either way, this is a heavy loss after just the first preseason game. Here's TE coach John Garrett on the news:
"It's disappointing because he was having such a great camp and such a great game," tight ends coach John Garrett said after Sunday night's preseason win.
"But I know one thing: He's got great resolve. He's got great perseverance. If there's anybody going to come back even stronger than he was before, it'll be John Phillips."