Phillip Tanner

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Phillip Tanner
No. 48 San Francisco 49ers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-08) August 8, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Kimball
College: Middle Tennessee State
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Rushing yards: 149
Rushing average: 2.7
Rushing TDs: 2
Receptions: 9
Receiving yards: 93
Receiving TDs: 0
Stats at

Phillip Tanner (born August 8, 1988) is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers. Tanner played college football at Middle Tennessee State University.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Tanner signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011.[1][2][3] In August 21, 2011, Tanner and the Cowboys played against the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium where on the second half of the game Tanner lost his helmet and scored a touchdown. A new rule declined the touchdown saying that any player receiving, running, or intercepting carrying the ball and loses the helmet during the play, is where the ball will be played dead once the helmet has hit the field floor.[4]

Tanner recorded his first NFL carry and touchdown on October 23, 2011 against the St. Louis Rams.

On December 9, 2011, he was placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.

In February 2014, the Cowboys stated they would not offer Tanner a restricted free agent tender, which enabled him to hit the free agent market.[5]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On July 29, 2014, Tanner was signed by the Indianapolis Colts[6][7] He was released on August 20, 2014.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On August 27, 2014 Tanner was re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys.[8]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On October 21, 2014, Tanner was signed by the Buffalo Bills after an injury to C. J. Spiller.[9] He was released in November.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On December 17, 2014, Tanner was signed by the San Francisco 49ers.[10]


  1. ^ Three former Blue Raiders land free-agent deals
  2. ^ "Cowboys Corner: Cowboys' rookie FAs include six Texans". 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Three Blue Raiders ink NFL deals". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (18 August 2010). "Lose a helmet, lose a play". ESPN. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Archer, Todd (9 December 2011). "Cowboys put Phillip Tanner on IR". ESPN Dallas. 
  7. ^ "Cowboys give Sensabaugh 5-year extension". FOX News. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  8. ^ George, Brandon. "Source: Dallas Cowboys signing RB Phillip Tanner for Thursday’s preseason game". CowboysBlog. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Bills place C.J. Spiller on IR-recall, sign Phillip Tanner". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff, 49ers. "49ers Sign RB Phillip Tanner, Place TE Garrett Celek on IR". Retrieved 17 December 2014.