John Phillips has shoulder surgery

IRVING, Texas – Tight end John Phillips had recent surgery on his left shoulder, but the soon-to-be free agent is expected to be ready for the spring workouts.

Phillips is set to be an unrestricted free agent in March but could return to the Cowboys. He started eight games in 2012 and finished with eight catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Late in the season he lost playing time to rookie James Hanna.

Phillips is the third Cowboys player to undergo offseason surgery. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware had right shoulder surgery earlier in the month and is looking at a long rehab that could keep him out until training camp. Cornerback Sterling Moore had minor left knee surgery for a cleanup.