THE DREADED HAIR-COLLAR: Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips penalized 15 yards for collaring Cleveland’s horse

Cleveland Browns returner Josh Cribbs dragged down by his dreadlocks by Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips - The Boys Are Back blog

The Dallas Cowboys complained about the Cleveland Brown horsecollar tackle that wasn’t really a horse collar at all.

Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips was penalized 15 yards for a horsecollar penalty late in the fourth quarter, which led to the Browns scoring a go-ahead touchdown on the next play. But replays showed that Phillips had pulled Josh Cribbs down by Cribbs’ dreadlocks, which is legal.

"It sure looked like he pulled his hair," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We had a pretty good view of it. It was right in front of us. But those guys have to make those judgment calls in a split second. So that is what it is."

The play is not a reviewable play, which is why the replay official never called for Ed Hoculi to go under the hood.

Cleveland Browns returner Josh Cribbs dragged down by his dreadlocks by Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips 2012 - The Boys Are Back blog

Cleveland Browns returner Josh Cribbs dragged down by his dreadlocks by Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips 2012 Cowboys Stadium - The Boys Are Back blog

Images courtesy: Steve DelVecchio | Larry Brown

RELATED: JOHN PHILLIPS – "All hair. One hundred percent all hair. All hair."

John Phillips testified Monday at Valley Ranch about his horse-collar penalty.

“All hair,” he said. “One hundred percent all hair.

“All hair.”

But, there was no judge in the locker room. No place to appeal. It’s still his penalty.

Still, the fourth-year tight end told reporters he was surprised he actually got flagged on the dragdown of Joshua Cribbs on the fourth-quarter punt return. The penalty put the ball at the 17-yard line, and Ben Watson’s touchdown catch put the Browns up 20-17 with 1:07 left.

“I knew they were probably going to throw it, but i didn’t think they’d actually give the penalty,” he said. “I thought they would talk to each other and realize it was all hair.”

Nope.

Phillips was afraid he had cost the game.

“Well, it sucks,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, because I put our defense and our team in a compromising situation. We had to punt the ball back to them, and I give them 15 more yards, and then they scored on the next play. Obviously, I felt terrible. I guess it’s not a reviewable play, right? It’s just one of those things.”

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