For Kenny Phillips, the only good part of missing six weeks has been saving money.
“I haven’t hit anyone in forever,” Phillips said, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It kept me from getting fined, which is a good thing. It kept a little money in my pocket.”
Phillips said while he was out with a sore knee, he had a $30,000 fine overturned upon appeal. That one was for a hit on Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. While it’s not an Ed Reed-level rebate, it’s still a boost, and Phillips said he was also warned he could be subject to a suspension.
“I definitely try to be as physical as possible when I get the opportunity because you don’t get [many],” Phillips said. “I definitely try to take advantage of that.”
Phillips is officially listed as questionable, but said he expects to play. He thought he might two weeks ago, but the Giants elected to give him the bye week to recover for the final six weeks.
“I definitely don’t want to hurt the team in any way being out there,” Phillips said. “I don’t think I’m going to hurt myself. I think I’m going to be able to make plays. At the moment I feel that I can’t, I won’t go out there.”
With him back, the Giants may use more three-safety packages, but they have to make sure Phillips is well enough to contribute first.