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Wade Phillips Talks Weight Loss, Remains Mum On Colombo's Status

Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips joined KRLD in Dallas for what I presume will be his last interview before the team kicks off their 2010 season Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. During the interview, Phillips was one part candid and funny, and one part coy.

First, the candid parts of the interview, beginning with Phillips talking about his weight loss regiment this spring and summer:

On how much weight he’s lost this offseason:

“I actually lost about 40 pounds. I was a little too heavy obviously, but I think it’s about 40 pounds.”

On how he was able to successfully shed so many pounds:

“Well, Diet Dr. Pepper, you know? I used to drink a lot of Cokes and stuff, and when I went to Diet Dr. Pepper, that helps some. Obviously working out, and I actually did NutriSystem some. So a combination of things.”

You go Wade!

Now, to football. Phillips was asked about injured tackle Marc Colombo:

On how close he thinks Marc Colombo is to returning if ‘he had to make an educated guess’:

“Well, I’m not educated on that. I really…it’s so hard to tell on injuries, and it really comes from the doctors first and our athletic trainers as to where they feel the player is. And the player himself. All the players want to get better and want to say they’re ready. And sometimes our trainers overrule it, and sometime the players overrules it and says really, I’m not ready. So, we just have to see where they are.”

Not surprising that Phillips continues to be furtive about the subject. All NFL coaches do.

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