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Phillip Tanner ready if Cowboys need him to carry the load

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The Cowboys got running back Felix Jones back on practice in a limited fashion on Thursday and he’s expected to play against the Giants on Sunday.

Jones, who has been bothered by a bruised knee, has not been able to stay on the field in either of the last two games, though, which means Dallas needs to have other options on hand to help them replace the injured DeMarco Murray in the backfield. Phillip Tanner is first up on that list and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that he’s been getting plenty of work with the first team offense this week. Tanner had a career-high 13 carries last weekend and feels ready for an even bigger role this week.

“The most important thing I’ve learned is always be mentally prepared. Just take it to practice every day as if I’m going to be the starting running back,” Tanner said. “That’s been my mindset since the first day. Just to work hard and jell with the offensive line as if I’m the starting running back. So that when my time came, I would be ready.”

The Cowboys are entering Sunday’s game in less than ideal shape, but they need only call up an archive of Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s press conferences to learn the way to deal with the situation. They’d hear Coughlin say something about the next man in line stepping up, a mantra Dallas will have to steal in the coming weeks to keep their season on track.

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12 Responses to “Phillip Tanner ready if Cowboys need him to carry the load”
  1. knackstermyea says: Oct 26, 2012 10:27 AM

    Tanner, Murray, Jones. Dont matter. Were gonna get spanked.

  2. cowboyswin says: Oct 26, 2012 11:09 AM

    if the D can get some “take-aways” and if the O-line could hold a block it wouldn’t matter who the RB is.

  3. armchairqb says: Oct 26, 2012 11:18 AM

    “knackstermyea says: Oct 26, 2012 10:27 AM

    Tanner, Murray, Jones. Dont matter. Were gonna get spanked.”

    Giants fan here, Knackser … don’t be so sure. You guys know this rivalry well enough to realize that what’s “supposed to happen” in these games rarely does. This game will still be in doubt with five minutes left in the 4th quarter. You just watch.

  4. beckzhere says: Oct 26, 2012 11:22 AM

    So should I get this guy on my fantasy team?

  5. phillytalk215 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    for the sake of my fantasy team, let’s hope tanner has a big day

  6. gcsuk says: Oct 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    “beckzhere” and “phillytalk215”

    Guess who doesn’t care about your fantasy team?
    Everybody else on this site.

  7. jgboys1 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:24 PM

    Yea, we are going to get killed Sunday night. Our O-line might be one of the worst in the NFL and we never put preasure on the QB. Eli is going to put up 400+ yards against our D come Sunday, but Jerry Jones will still say we have a shot for the super bowl. Idiot.

  8. gavriloprincip33 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Hope this is a good game! If the Cowboys don’t win, it could be the beginning of the end for them this year…

  9. killface4prez says: Oct 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    “Please tell me more about your fantasy football team” said nobody, ever.

  10. kev86 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:03 PM

    Didn’t see Tanner vs. Andre Brown coming.

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    The secret weapon is RB Lance Dunbar.

  12. brohamma says: Oct 27, 2012 8:37 AM

    Dunbar will finally get the chance he deserves after Tanner puts the ball on the ground. The kid is dynamite and again healthy. With his balance and speed, combined with the weak secondary of the G-Men.. don’t be surprised to see him break of a couple big runs.

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