Phillips is likely to start at tight end in teammate Virgil Green's (calf) absence Sunday against the Bengals, Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver reports.
Phillips played just 31 snaps over the Broncos' first two games, but should see more action Sunday with Green unavailable due to injury. While that lends itself to more opportunities for Phillips to make a fantasy impact, his 45 catches since entering the league in 2009 should certainly temper expectations, as should the expected season debut of rookie Jeff Heuerman.
Phillips (ankle) will not participate in practice Sunday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Not a guarantee to make the team's final roster, the ankle injury is a tough blow for Phillips, who appeared to have hurt it during Saturday morning's practice. Phillips will be evaluated again Monday prior to practice, but currently remains without a concrete timetable for a return. With guys like Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham ahead of him on the depth chart, it could be tough for Phillips to secure a roster spot, barring a spectacular showing during the preseason.
Phillips sustained an ankle injury on Saturday morning, which kept him on the sideline during an afternoon walkthrough, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
The Broncos inked Phillips to a contract Thursday, likely to provide competition to the fringe of the TE depth chart. The ankle concern doesn't aid his quest for a roster spot, but the severity is unknown, meaning his absence from the walkthrough may have been a precautionary measure.
John Phillips finished the 2015 regular season with a total of 10 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Phillips has always been used as a blocking tight end first and foremost, and 2015 was no different. The only time he was even a little bit productive was early in the year when Antonio Gates was still serving a four-game suspension and Ladarius Green was dealing with a concussion. Looking ahead to 2016, it remains to be seen which tight ends the Bolts will bring back, but they do seem to value Phillips' blocking abilities.
San Diego Chargers tight end John Phillips caught one of his two targets for an 8-yard touchdown in the defeat of Cleveland on Sunday.
San Diego was hit hard by injuries to their wide receivers in this game, so Phillips had to play more than expected and he responded with a huge red zone grab in the fourth quarter. But with Ladarius Green already back in action after missing one game due to a concussion and Antonio Gates set to return from his four-game suspension this week, Phillips is heading back to a reserve role.
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