The Giants don’t know yet how much time safety Kenny Phillips will miss with his knee sprain.
But they know for sure they were different in his absence.
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said the Giants became “gun shy” after Phillips went down in the first quarter of last night’s loss to the Eagles.
Phillips walked to the locker room under his own power, but there was no word yet on his prognosis.
“Yeah, great concerns,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record. “I don’t know what it is about that spot but we’re certainly having a difficult time being able to stay together and stay whole. Give credit to the guys who fought their way through it tonight. I’m sorry Kenny went down.
“Hopefully we’ll find out that it’s something he can come back from soon. I don’t know that for a fact.”
The Giants were also playing short-handed otherwise in the secondary. They lost Terrell Thomas to an ACL injury in camp, and Jayron Hosley and Michael Coe were inactive with hamstring injuries.
Safety Antrel Rolle played after being questionable after hitting a camera with his knee the previous week at Carolina. And cornerback Corey Webster was playing in a cast with a broken hand.
The Giants will get one man back this week, as Tyler Sash is eligible to return after his four-game suspension.