Phillip Tanner

Bills sign RB Phillip Tanner

The Buffalo Bills restocked their banged-up offensive backfield on Tuesday by signing running back Phillip Tanner.

Tanner’s signing addresses the Bills’ depleted depth at running back in preparing to play at the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday. With co-starters C.J. Spillman and Fred Jackson sidelined with injuries, Buffalo (4-3) was down to third-stringer Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown, who was inactive the first seven weeks, and fullback Frank Summers.

Tanner is listed at 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds, and broke into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

He spent three seasons with Dallas, where he had 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, nine catches for 93 yards in 40 games. Tanner also played a regular role on special teams.

He’s also familiar with Bills starting quarterback Kyle Orton, who spent the past two seasons backing up Tony Romo in Dallas.