FLASH STAFF REPORT
(December 6, 2015) — When the Dallas Cowboys take the field in Washington Monday night, they will be going up against a former Tarleton Sate cornerback they once had in training camp.
Dashaun Phillips, 24, isn’t just on the active roster for the NFC East leading Redskins, his one tackle at the end of the game against the New York Giants helped put them in that position.
The 20-14 win over the Giants last weekend is the first game Phillips played for the Redskins, who are 5-6 and hold a half-game lead over the Giants and one-game advantage of the Philadelphia Eagles at the time of this writing. The Cowboys are two games back in last place in the division.
Washington and Phillips meet Dallas again in their regular season finale in Arlington on January 3. That game will be a homecoming for Phillips, who graduated from nearby Duncanville High School in 2009.
Phillips was an all-region and all-conference selection at Tarleton, where he made 175 tackles and 12 interceptions in his career. He was key to Tarleton winning a share of the Lone Star Conference championship in 2013.
The Redskins signed Phillips to its practice squad on September 15, moving him to the active roster after starting cornerback Chris Culver suffered a torn ACL and MCL in practice. Phillips saw action on 19 snaps against the Giants.
Phillips was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2014, but was waived three months later. He signed with the New York Jets’ practice squad in October, 2014, but was released on September 5.