Though word of the possibility surfaced earlier today, the news is still shocking.
Second-year Giants safety Kenny Phillips, a first-round pick who was delivering on his potential with two picks in two games, has been placed on injured reserve.
The team announced the move Thursday afternoon, not long after coach Tom Coughlin declined to talk about the situation.
Phillips, per the team, has patella femoral arthritis.
The player was stunned by the reality that Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys would be his last of the year.
“It never crossed my mind, ever,” Phillips said. “I knew the situation. I just felt I could push it through the season. So to get this news is a real shock.”
“Unfortunately, it’s a difficult time for all of us and for Kenny,” Coughlin said. “Our concerns are about Kenny from an emotional standpoint, because this morning he looked like he’d lost his best friend. He’s really down. But it’s something the doctors felt was needed to be corrected right now, so what’s in the best interest of the player is being done. I’m sure he’ll rehab and be back with us in the spring.”
Phillips will be replaced by Aaron Rouse, whom the Giants secured via waivers from the Packers.