Pro Football Talk is reporting that Kenny Phillips will not play after all against the Pittsburgh Steelers later this afternoon, as the New York Giants safety will miss his fifth game with a sprained knee.
PFT's report, citing a "league source" and the Giants.com Depth Chart that still shows Stevie Brown listed ahead of Phillips as the starter, comes as a bit of a surprise after Phillips said Thursday that he would play (he practiced in full on Wednesday, and was limited on Thursday and Friday).
We don't doubt the veracity of PFT's report, but it strikes us odd that this story is coming from PFT since the Giants almost always leak news to local reporters first. We're holding out hope Phillips will play, just not start, as the beginning of working back into his starting role.
Either way, we'll know for sure in a few hours when the team lists its inactives. The Giants are eager to have their three-safety look back, but it looks like Stevie might get one more week in the spotlight.
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