Backup running back Phillip Tanner broke a bone in his right hand in special teams practice on Friday and is going back to Dallas for surgery. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it might not keep him out that long.
“When I heard that, I said, ‘Wow, he’s going to be out for a long time,’ ” Garrett said in his news conference Saturday in Oxnard. “But I was told that Emmitt Smith in the mid-90s had a similar injury where he broke his hand, had surgery, and literally played the next week. So, don’t want to make any comparisons on that, but that sheds a little light on the extent of that injury. We’re hopeful that surgery goes well and he’ll get back in a fairly short amount of time.”
Garrett said Tanner could be back in action in 1-2 weeks.
“We’ll see how the surgery goes and just see where he is,” Garrett said. “Obviously, it’s difficult for a running back when you break your hand, but we can set something up where he wears a glove and we can stabilize it, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves a little bit.”
Tanner was also working as the upback in punt formation.
Tanner was wearing a cast in walk-through Saturday that covered the ring finger and pinky finger on his right hand.
Receiver Saalim Hakim also has a hand injury. Garrett said he dislocated a finger in practice Friday and will probably be out a week.
"The challenge for those guys is they catch the ball, they carry the ball, so a lot of the hand injuries really become an issue for them," Garrett said. "We’ll see how he is. We dont expect him to be back in the real near future, at least for the next week or so."
-- Carlos Mendez