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Kenny Phillps “100 percent confident” he’ll play this week

New York Giants Kenny Phillips to call by replacement referee Peter Shafer on a play against Chicago Bears in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

The Giants face possible playoff elimination with a loss in Baltimore Sunday, so they’d probably like to have as many hands on deck as possible for that game.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who missed the 34-0 loss to the Falcons with a sprained knee, said Monday that he plans on facing the Ravens and safety Kenny Phillips followed suit during a radio interview on Tuesday. Phillips missed six games before the bye with an injured MCL and has missed the last two after suffering a setback upon his return to the field, but said that it’s “now or never” for his return because of the situation the Giants find themselves in.

“I’m 100 percent confident that I’ll be on the field this week,” Phillips said on ESPN 98.7, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “Not sure on which role that the coaches want to allow me to play, but whatever they allow me to do, I’m going to go out there and give 100 percent and try to be that spark for our defense these last few weeks.”

The Giants have gotten good play from Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown at safety this season, but their defense looked its best in recent weeks against the Packers when Phillips’ presence allowed them to play a lot of the three safety looks that they used to great success last season. If he’s healthy enough to put the teeth back into those looks, it would be a big boost for the Giants.

Phillips made several early week vows to return during his initial absence that wound up falling by the wayside, so it’s probably best to wait a while before assuming he’ll be there come kickoff on Sunday.

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6 Responses to “Kenny Phillps “100 percent confident” he’ll play this week”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Doesn’t he always say this?

  2. giantsfan2104 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    We need KP.

    Stevie Brown is a ball hawk, but he has trouble with coverage assignments.

  3. n0hopeleft says: Dec 18, 2012 5:39 PM

    Good. And you better show up to play.. Not for nothing KP, but you’re earning the “fragile” title for a first round pick from the U.

    I’m tired of watching WRs prance into the endzone with not a single DB within 10 yards. Get it fixed!

  4. justintuckrule says: Dec 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    I’ll know that the switch is “flipped” tomorrow afternoon when I read that everyone, including Bradshaw, Phillips and Nicks are all practicing.

  5. DonRSD says: Dec 18, 2012 6:15 PM

    Bump the WRs!!!
    Why allow every team WR to have a free release??
    Let the DLine have some extra time by bumping the WRs.

  6. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    6 wins away from a repeat!

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