Giants put Phillips on IR, land Rouse

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.

21 responses to “Giants put Phillips on IR, land Rouse

  1. that sucks. I hate the Giants(pats fan) but i would NEVER wish this on anyone. Have a good rehab Kenny, you will be back next year.

  2. It’s a shame because he was looking really good so far this season.
    Anyone know much about patella femoral arthritis? Will this be something that will plague him even after surgery?

  3. Wow, didn’t the Packers just get their asses beat by the freaking Bengals? And the Giants are signing their castoffs.

  4. First guy punch of the season. That’s great.
    Nicks, Phillips, Ross. Last three #1 picks for the Giants.
    None will suit up against Tampa.

  5. That’s weird. I’m a Dallas fan, and I like the kid. Seemed to have a great nose for the ball (even when not helped by Romo).

  6. A Bucs win is looking a tad bit more likely with each passing day. They are dropping like flies in NY, and it’s really pissing me off
    Good luck to KP!

  7. why did the Pack cut him? i liked this kid coming out. and why didn’t my happless Browns take a look at him!

  8. “A Bucs win is looking a tad bit more likely with each passing day. They are dropping like flies in NY, and it’s really pissing me off.”
    Hah. The majority of the other teams would last twenty seconds in the NFCEast, even with injuries.
    Stop Cadillac and what exactly does NY have to worry about?

  9. “Wow, didn’t the Packers just get their asses beat by the freaking Bengals? And the Giants are signing their castoffs.”
    When someone is out for the season that usually means someone must fill that roster spot. It is a shame when you need to have things explained to you. You do know the Cowboys had their asses beat on that same day. You attack others to hide your own pain.

  10. “A Bucs win is looking a tad bit more likely with each passing day. They are dropping like flies in NY, and it’s really pissing me off”
    Too bad Dallas could not play the Giants eleven times and dirty play all starting defensive players off the field. Then, their fans will start to feel good again. Hey, if you can’t beat’em, cheat’em.

  11. vox,
    once again, writing more dumb ass statements.
    still can’t get over how the giants kick your teams ass.
    go carolina

  12. Rouse is decent in run support but is very inconsistent in coverage. Not uncommon for a SS. He is big, has blazing speed, but just doesn’t quite get it. Struggled mightily in zone coverage which forced the packers to cut the cord.

  13. Rouse will be more consistent now that he has good coaches and a smart GM. Just think: The Packers could’ve traded him and got something in return. But stupidly, they didn’t. Typical TT move.

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