The Dallas Cowboys competition at linebacker rolls on, but the team is coming off of a crushing blow as young LB DeVonte Holloman has been advised to retire after suffering a major neck injury. This news came without warning, and Holloman was squarely in the competition and would have been a nice backup piece. His injury has left the Cowboys thinner at linebacker, particularly when it comes to their options at the middle. Rolando McClain has been rising, while Bruce Carter has reportedly been falling, and now the Cowboys are looking to add some more depth at the position.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill, the Cowboys worked out LB Jason Phillips today, and Phillips was on the Philadelphia Eagles before being released this offseason. He missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a season-ending ACL tear in late July in his lone season with the Eagles. He never played a snap for them, as he was expected to be a top backup and core special-teamer after making 16 appearances and recording 23 tackles with a forced fumble in 2012 with the Carolina Panthers.
Phillips has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, and the 27-year-old would fit in as a special-teams contributor on the Cowboys. We’ll see if the team makes a move to sign Phillips, who is now fully recovered from his ACL tear. If the Cowboys do sign him, then he will enter the roster right on the bubble.