DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — In need of healthy bodies at the running back position, the Dallas Cowboys will sign former Cowboy Phillip Tanner, according to the team’s website.
DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar, both of whom are expected to have big roles with the team this season, are not expected to play when Dallas hosts Denver in the team’s final preseason game.
That leaves the running duties to Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams, both of who are injured and competing for third on the team’s depth chart.
Randle, a 2013 5th round pick, is recovering from an oblique injury and has not practiced this week. Williams suffered a groin injury last week.
The Cowboys signed Tanner as an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of Middle Tennessee State. In three seasons, Tanner appeared in 39 games, carrying the ball 56 times for 149 yards.
Tanner spent time with Indianapolis this offseason, but was waived a week ago.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also not ruled out the possibility of keeping four running backs on the 53-man roster.
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