Posted by Will Brinson
John Phillips was very nearly a big winner from the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night. He looked superb in running routes, making tough catches and blocking, which is about all you can do as a tight end. Even with Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett on the roster, he seemed prime to get some PT on a very talented Dallas Cowboys team in 2010.
And then he got hurt. We heard last night that it was possibly/likely an ACL tear, which stinks. Badly. Now Tim MacMahon reports that an MRI has confirmed those suspicions and Phillips will be done for the season.
"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."
It's also disappointing because it happened in a preseason game, where nothing counts as "winning" except "not getting hurt." Which is precisely why we constantly debate whether or not these guys should even be playing in games that don't count.
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