But according to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, Phillips may have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that would almost certainly end his season. Phillips will get an MRI on Monday, and the injury is not confirmed, but the initial prognosis is not good.
"I'm going to stay positive and wait for [Monday] and see what the doctors get confirmed," Phillips told the media after his injury. "Regardless of what they say something's got to be confirmed on a screen so until they show it to me, I'm going to stay positive."
Phillips made his first start in the Cowboys' 34-14 playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 9, when Dallas opened with three tight ends. A big target at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Phillips has been a favorite up-and-comer because he blocks very well and can play different tight-end roles. The Cowboys use a lot of two tight-end sets -- they're very effective when doing so -- and Phillips may have been looked at as the guy to go alongside Jason Witten(notes).
Phillips' departure left the door open for 2010 undrafted free agent Scott Sicko(notes) to lead the Cowboys in receptions with five for 44 yards. You may remember Sicko as the guy who initially refused to play in the NFL if he wasn't drafted.