Antrel Rolle practices, Kenny Phillips says he’s playing

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Stevie Brown was the NFC defensive player of the week after he came up with two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the Giants’ 29-24 win over the Cowboys, but he might not be one of the team’s starting safeties this week.

Antrel Rolle practiced on Thursday, which indicates he passed the first set of tests mandated by the league as part of its concussion protocol. Rolle was injured near the end of the Cowboys game when he landed on his head while trying to break up a pass intended for Dez Bryant near the sideline. Rolle was limited in practice and he’ll still need to pass more tests to get cleared for a full return to action.

If Rolle is deemed ready to go, he could find himself paired up with Kenny Phillips. Phillips has missed the last four games while recovering from a sprained MCL, but he started practicing last week and has been able to do enough since then to make him plenty confident about his chances of playing this weekend.

“I’m going this week. I do feel confident in my knee,” Phillips said. “It’s been a long, long process. I feel like it’s good enough for me to get back out there and make some plays.”

With Brown in reserve, the Giants have no need to push either of their safeties back into the lineup any faster than necessary. And if all three are good to go, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will have plenty of options to use in an attempt to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

5 responses to “Antrel Rolle practices, Kenny Phillips says he’s playing

  1. I’m almost to the point of suggesting sitting KP21 and riding with Stevie Brown. The kid is hot, and has been making plays non-stop since he came off the bench. Why mess with success?

  2. @bluefan – For the three plays Stevie Brown makes during the game, he’s nowhere to be found during the rest of it. I wouldn’t call our defense a “success” yet. They did give up 3 100 yd receivers vs. Dallas which had never happened in NFL history.

  3. Nope. Better off to have a nice rotation and using some three safety looks. This is why fans are fans and coaches and ex-players know better. Kenny Phillips is the best player in the Giants’ defensive backfield and I’ve seen this foolish assertion from FAR TOO MANY Giants’ “fans”.

  4. @bluefan204
    I agree 100%. When Deihl was replaced due to the solid play of Locklear, it was for the better of the Team. This is no different, Brown is playing too good to just bench. I say bring Phillips along slowly until his timing and speed are fully back. Go Blue!!!

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