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Phillip Tanner

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Phillip Tanner born August 8, 1988 is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers He played college football at Middle Tennessee State University


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 Dallas Cowboys
    • 32 Indianapolis Colts
    • 33 Dallas Cowboys second stint
    • 34 Buffalo Bills
    • 35 San Francisco 49ers
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early years

Tanner attended Justin F Kimball High School, where as a junior he was named All-district after posting 1,395 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns

In his final year, he rushed for 1,705 yards and scored 29 touchdowns, on his way to being named All-district and District Player of the Year He finished his high school career with 4,275 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns He also lettered in track

College career

Tanner accepted a scholarship from Middle Tennessee State University As a true freshman, he played 13 games as a defensive back in nickel situations, tallying 16 tackles and one sack He also practiced track

The next year, he was switched to running back, playing in nine games one start, while recording 64 carries for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns As a junior, he played in 12 games 4 starts, leading the team in rushing yards 714 and rushing touchdowns 15, while also becoming the first player in Sun Belt Conference history to receive both Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week awards in the same week

He became a full-time starter as a senior, but was forced to redshirt after starting two games, because of a bone contusion he suffered in his knee during a game In 2010, he recorded 13 starts, 160 carries for 928 yards led the team and 13 touchdowns He finished his collegiate career with 430 carries for 2,024 yards and 33 touchdowns He also lettered in track

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Tanner signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft On August 21, playing against the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium, he lost his helmet while scoring a touchdown in the second half of the game A new rule canceled the touchdown, because it states that if any player loses his helmet while receiving, running, or intercepting a football, the play will end once the helmet has hit the field He recorded his first professional carry and touchdown on October 23, against the St Louis Rams On December 9, he was placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury

He recorded 9 special teams tackles in 2012 and 2013

On February 23, 2014, after he was set to count $1,389 million against the salary cap, the Cowboys did not offer a restricted free agent tender, making him a free agent During his time with the team, he mainly played on special teams, while registering 56 carries for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns as a backup running back

Indianapolis Colts

On July 29, 2014, Tanner was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent, after releasing running back Chris Rainey He was cut on August 20

Dallas Cowboys second stint

On August 27, 2014, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys to play in the last game of the preseason, because of injuries at the running back position He was released on August 30

Buffalo Bills

On October 21, 2014, Tanner was signed by the Buffalo Bills after injuries to Fred Jackson and C J Spiller He was cut on November 20, to make room for tight end MarQueis Gray

San Francisco 49ers

On December 17, 2014, he was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers He wasn't re-signed at the end of the year, after playing in the final two games mainly on special teams


  1. ^ "Cowboys Corner: Cowboys' rookie FAs include six Texans" Sportsblogsstar-telegramcom 2011-07-27 Retrieved 2016-08-13 
  2. ^ Yasinskas, Pat 18 August 2010 "Lose a helmet, lose a play" ESPN Retrieved 25 August 2016 
  3. ^ "Cowboys won't tender Phillip Tanner" Retrieved February 19, 2017 
  4. ^ Archer, Todd 9 December 2011 "Cowboys put Phillip Tanner on IR" ESPN Dallas Retrieved 9 December 2016 
  5. ^ "Cowboys give Sensabaugh 5-year extension" FOX News 9 December 2011 Retrieved 9 December 2016 
  6. ^ "For one night at least, Tanner a Cowboy again" Retrieved February 19, 2017 
  7. ^ Patra, Kevin "Bills place CJ Spiller on IR-recall, sign Phillip Tanner" NFLcom Retrieved 22 October 2014 
  8. ^ Staff, 49ers "49ers Sign RB Phillip Tanner, Place TE Garrett Celek on IR" Retrieved 17 December 2016 

External links

  • Middle Tennessee State bio

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