Phil Dawson

Phil Dawson

Place Kicker #4
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 200 lb.
College:Texas
Age:45
Born:January 23, 1975
Drafted:1998 / UDFA

Phil Dawson: Announces retirement

Dawson announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Dawson, most recently with the Cardinals, hasn't played since November of last year, when he was placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury. Now, after 20 years in the league, the veteran has decided to call it a career.

August 1, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Phil Dawson: Sent to IR

Dawson (hip) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The 20-year veteran has been dealing with an undisclosed hip injury that may have played a role in Dawson's missed field goal during Sunday's game against the Chargers. Taking his place on the roster is Zane Gonzalez, who converted two of five field goals in two games with the Browns to start the year. Set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, the 43-year-old Dawson isn't guaranteed to continue to his professional career in 2019.

November 26, 2018 12:10 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Will play Sunday

Dawson (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports.

Analysis: Dawson will play through a right hip injury that landed him on the injury report heading into the weekend, though coach Steve Wilks relayed his kicker was "fine" Friday.

November 25, 2018 12:14 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Questionable for Sunday

Dawson (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: During media availability Friday, coach Steve Wilks told Urban that Dawson is "fine" and "will kick" this weekend. However, Dawson's listing indicates there's a sliver of doubt regarding his ability to play through a right hip injury. The decision on whether he'll suit up will emerge approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 PM ET kickoff. There's no other kicker on the Cardinals' 53-man roster, but Zane Gonzalez is member of the practice squad.

November 23, 2018 1:17 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Cleared to play

Dawson (hip) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals' expectation became obvious when fellow kicker Matthew McCrane was released Monday. There isn't much reason to consider Dawson for fantasy lineups in a road game against a likely playoff team. The 43-year-old has attempted just six field goals in nine games this season, consistently deprived of opportunities while attached to a terrible offense.

November 23, 2018 11:54 AM EST

Phil Dawson: Limited in practice Wednesday

Dawson (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson missed Sunday's loss to the Raiders due to a hip issue, and still appears to be progressing in his recovery. Though the 43-year-old's Week 12 status seems to be in question, the Cardinals' decision to release fellow kicker Matt McCrane earlier this week indicates that Dawson is expected to suit up against the Chargers.

November 21, 2018 4:35 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Expected to play Week 12

Dawson (hip) is expected to play during Sunday's game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson missed Sunday's loss to the Raiders due to a lingering hip injury, but appears on track to fully recover in time for Week 12. With Dawson on track to suit up, the Cardinals have released emergency kicker Matt McCrane.

November 19, 2018 2:01 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Missing first game since 2009

Dawson (hip) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Raiders, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson made just one limited appearance in practice this week, which likely precipitated the signing of Matt McCrane on Saturday. The decision was a prescient one, as Dawson was unable to gain clearance from the team's training staff. In three games for the Raiders this season, McCrane connected on five of nine field-goal attempts and all five point-after tries.

November 18, 2018 11:40 AM EST

Phil Dawson: Status for Sunday uncertain

The Cardinals signed kicker Matthew McCrane on Saturday, shedding doubt on Dawson's (hip) status for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson has been battling the hip issue since Week 8 and is listed as questionable after being unable to practice this week. The signing of McCrane indicates the Cardinals aren't confident in Dawson's availability for Sunday's game, although the 43-year-old has yet to have any downgrade to his official designation.

November 17, 2018 1:44 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Questionable for Sunday

Dawson (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson has been dealing with the hip injury since Week 8, although he has recent. Kicker Matthew McCrane -- who the Cardinals at one point had on their practice squad -- was brought in for a workout, and it would be a worrying sign for Dawson if he were to be officially signed.

November 16, 2018 12:29 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Puts in limited practice

Dawson (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The limited work was a positive step for Dawson, who has been nursing the hip issue since Week 8 and was held out of Wednesday's practice session because of it. The injury has yet to force an absence this season, and with the Cardinals having yet to add another kicker to the roster, the current expectation is that Dawson will be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

November 15, 2018 3:55 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Absent from practice Wednesday

Dawson missed Wednesday's practice with a right hip injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Since picking up the issue during Week 8 prep, Dawson has hit all three point-after tries and his sole field-goal attempt (a 31-yarder) across two games. Although he's proved his ability to play with a compromised hip, his production has been lacking (2.9 points per game) in support of the Cardinals' 31st-ranked scoring offense (13.8 points per game).

November 14, 2018 4:45 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Kicks two extra points in loss

Dawson converted both extra-point attempts during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Dawson logged another accurate performance, and has not missed a kick since Week 4. Despite his reliability, the 41-year-old is not receiving the volume necessary to put up fantasy points. Dawson will see a favorable matchup against the Raiders on Sunday, and attempt to bounce back.

November 12, 2018 1:36 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Perfect despite hip injury

Dawson converted his only field goal and made his lone extra point attempt during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Dawson has now made four of six field goal attempts in 2018, and remains perfect on extra point tries with 12 converted. Despite his accuracy, the 41-year-old remains off the fantasy radar due to low volume in Arizona's middling offense. He'll look to bounce back after a Week 9 bye.

October 29, 2018 3:16 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Active Week 8

Dawson (hip) is listed as active Sunday versus the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Dawson surprisingly was included on the Cardinals' injury report Thursday, which was followed by the signing of kicker Matt McCrane to the practice squad Friday as an emergency option. After the Cardinals opted not to make a 53-man transaction before Saturday's deadline, Dawson was more or less expected to be available Week 8. While he has just 20 points to his name in seven games this season, he could bust that trend against San Francisco's 31st-ranked scoring defense (31.1 points per game).

October 28, 2018 12:05 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Trending up for Sunday

Dawson (hip) is expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals signed kicker Matthew McCrane to the practice squad Friday, but opted not to signed him to the 53-man roster prior to Saturday's transaction deadline. The veteran kicker is still officially considered questionable, but appears to be on track to play against San Francisco.

October 27, 2018 2:26 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Listed as questionable

Dawson (hip) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: There's apparently some level of concern about Dawson missing the contest, as the Cardinals signed kicker Matthew McCrane to their practice squad Friday, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site. A promotion to the active roster before Sunday would suggest Dawson isn't on track to play. Whatever the case, there's little reason for fantasy owners to start a kicker attached to an offense playing this poorly.

October 26, 2018 1:42 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Dealing with hip injury

Dawson didn't practice Thursday due to a right hip injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: There's been no word on the Cardinals holding tryouts for an interim kicker, so this may just be a day of rest for the 43-year-old. Expect Friday's injury report to impart whether Dawson is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the 49ers.

October 25, 2018 5:01 PM EST

Phil Dawson: Tallies four points

Dawson converted his lone field-goal and extra-point attempts in Thursday's 45-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Dawson got off to a solid start with a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Cardinals offense found little breathing room most of the evening. The 43-year-old has made three of five field-goal attempts and all 11 extra points through the first seven games as his scoring opportunities remain minimal with Arizona's struggling offense.

October 19, 2018 9:05 AM EST

Phil Dawson: Notches five points

Dawson made his only field-goal attempt and both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Dawson converted from 26 yards on his lone field-goal effort. The 43-year-old is only averaging two points per game amid Arizona's rough offensive start to the season.

October 16, 2018 3:54 PM EST

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