When Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke about losing safety Kenny Phillips for the season, he said he was worried primarily about Phillips’ emotions.
As more information comes out about the knee problem Phillips has — patellofemoral arthritis — we can understand why Phillips would be scared. This isn’t your usual football injury.
Newsday’s Bob Glauber ran down some of the common treatments and problems associated with the situation, and they didn’t sound pretty. He also spoke with a doctor that said the issue is usually found in older people with degenerative conditions.
There is some concern, at least in Newsday’s headline, that Phillips’ career could be threatened.
It seems early to speculate on Phillips’ future, and we’re hardly medical experts.
But the loss is a tough blow to a young player many expected to have a breakout season on the back end of New York’s defense.