Kenny Phillips hopeful to play for Giants Sunday night

Reuters

New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips has missed the Giants last six games after suffering an MCL injury in late September.

That could all change this week as Phillips hopes to play on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, Phillips is optimistic he’ll be able to play against the Packers.

“I still I don’t feel 100%,” Phillips said, “but I think I’m good enough to play at this time.”

Phillips injured his knee in a 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (yes, an actual Eagles victory) in Week 4 and has been unable to get back on the field since. Safety Stevie Brown has taken the place of Phillips in the Giants lineup and has played well for the most part. Brown has racked up five interceptions and 46 tackles on the season.

Phillips has practiced twice this week with the Giants getting an extra day of work in coming off their bye. Phillips was limited during Wednesday’s practice for the Giants. Phillips had 15 tackles and a pass defensed in three games before suffering the injury against the Eagles.

4 responses to “Kenny Phillips hopeful to play for Giants Sunday night

  1. Thank God, it’s about time. Since Phillips has gone down, Stevie Brown has filled in admirably playing alongside Antrel Rolle. Now, with Phillips back, the Giants can revert back to playing their NASCAR, 3-safety defense that has been so successful the past few seasons. The Giants played that defense the past couple years with Deion Grant playing the 3rd safety, but now it’s Stevie Brown’s turn. The purpose of this defense is to neutralize the opposing teams’ slot receiver or receiving TE. The Giants have been very successful neutralizing the solid TEs in the NFC East (Witten, Davis, Celek) and did a great job shutting down Gronkowski & Hernandez twice last season. To show just how important the 3rd safety is to the Giants’ defense, look at Witten’s record-setting game a few weeks ago. The Giants’ LBs are nit very good, especially in coverage, thus they absolutely need 3 healthy safeties for their defense to play up to its’ full potential. So long as Brown, Phillips & Rolle can stay healthy the rest of the year, I see them cracking down & limiting the big plays the secondary has given up way too often this year. With Cobb having a breakout year & Finley returning to his old self, there isn’t a better week for Phillips to come back.

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