FLASH STAFF REPORT
(January 4, 2015) — Past Tarleton State All-America defensive back Dashaun Phillips is recovering after being carted off the field when the Washington Redskins visited the Dallas Cowboys in the final week of the NFL regular season Sunday in Arlington.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Phillips suffered a cervical stinger, according to an article published online Sunday night by The Washington Post. Phillips was expected to return to Washington on the team plane and to be reevaluated this week, according to online reports in the hours following the injury.
Phillips was on the field as the “nickel” defensive back for the Redskins when he was injured in a collision with Cowboys running back Darren McFadden just before halftime Sunday. Phillips moved his lower extremities, but it was clear right away he was injured.
The game was delayed several minutes as medical staff worked to strap Phillips to a cart. Players from both teams gathered around, many kneeling in prayer then expressing support for their injured colleague.
The Washington Post reported late Sunday it is not clear when Phillips would be cleared to return to the active roster. The NFC East champion Redskins host Green Bay in a Wild Card playoff next Sunday at FedExField in Washington.
The injury occurred in a homecoming game for Phillips, who grew up in Duncanville just minutes from AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Phillips was a star cornerback at Tarleton from 2010-13.
Phillips was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He was released in the final round of preseason cuts later that year before landing with the New York Jets and ultimately the Redskins. He was on the practice squad in Washington before being pushed into active duty as a result of injuries to teammates, and became the “Nickel” cornerback in the week leading up to the game at Dallas.