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August 19, 2012

Phillips plays Witten's spot and helps offense move, but says it's still Witten's spot

Tight end John Phillips played his first game in Jason Witten’s spot.

He nodded his head and smiled.

“You’re right. It is Jason Witten’s spot,” he said. “Until the day he retires. But it’s good to get out there and be in the ‘Y’ and run some different routes and stuff.”

Phillips went without a catch, but he didn’t get much of a chance. He played only the first quarter. After all, he’s on the first unit. And the first unit was done after one quarter.

“Usually I’m in there from the second quarter on,” he said. “Today it was a lighter load. It’s probably the least I’ve played in a preseason game. It has to be.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a television interview he liked the versatility the offense showed in playing without Witten, who won’t play in the preseason because of an injured spleen.

Phillips said the versatility showed because other players did their jobs well. And he knows Witten’s job as well as Witten knows his.

“We switch out a lot,” he said. “Something I i think a lot of our tight ends can do a lot, move around in different positions. ... I felt comfortable. Doing all of the same things I’d normally be doing.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez



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