New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips had made his return to action against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, but aggravated his MCL, resulting in him being listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Washington Redskins. However, reports are that he has made the trip with his teammates, giving Giants fans a glint hope that he will be able to play.
Phillips' availability could largely affect the outcome of tonight's game. The Giants defense looked completely different with him on the field against a dynamic offenses in the Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week. With Phillips on the field, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is able to implement the three (and four) safety look on defense that has proven so affective in the past. The improved play of the secondary also contributed to several coverage sacks and left Rodgers guessing often.
Reports from practice indicate that Phillips appeared to be nursing his knee slightly and wasn't able to run at full speed. The other key Giant on the injury list is Jason Pierre-Paul who is questionable with a back issue. His absence could be a costly one, in terms of keeping Redskin's quarterback Robert Griffin III in the pocket, though Coach Tom Coughlin expects he will be able to play barring any setbacks.
Also on the injury list is Jacquian Williams who is listed as doubtful with a knee injury. He told reporters early in the week he does not expect to play, and will miss his sixth consecutive game.
Offensive lineman David Diehl and wide receiver Domenik Hixon are both listed as questionable but did make the trip.
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