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New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Has Setback, Still not Practicing

December 13th, 2012 at 2:46 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants injury report is growing as the team prepares for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The team is practicing without the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw (knee), Prince Amukamara (hamstring), Tyler Sash (hamstring) and Kenny Phillips (knee). All four look doubtful to play on Sunday. In particular, head coach Tom Coughlin says Phillips had a setback on his sprained knee against the Washington Redskins and the timetable for his return is uncertain.

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Phillips originally injured his knee in Week four against the Philadelphia Eagles. He returned to action against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12, only to reaggravate the injury. Phillips played limited snaps against the Washington Redskins the next week, and missed Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. 

Phillips is on record stating his dissatisfaction with how the Giants medical staff initially handled his injury. 

“When we started our rehab we didn’t go about it the right way, and now here we are, we’re dealing with it right now,” Phillips said. “I don’t want to get into (specifics). It just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m mad about it. It is what it is. No one’s perfect. I just think we both felt that something needed to change. We needed to change up the rehab. We just felt like we weren’t doing the right things. So we just switched up and it immediately starting feeling better. So I’m here now. I’m not worried about the games that I missed.”

The Giants have been fortunate that journeyman Stevie Brown has had a pro-bowl caliber year in Phillips’ absence. Brown's ability to make plays on the football have made for seven interceptions this season, which is far and away the most on the team. However, Brown is still inexperienced in Perry Fewell's defensive scheme and has made his fair share of mistakes in coverage. The Giants need Phillips on the field for the secondary to operate at full strength, and to use the three-safety package to its full effectiveness.

However, as the playoffs approach it's imperative that Phillips and the medical staff get his rehab right the second time around. Phillips is a big, physical safety who acts as a deterrent to teams who like to throw the deep ball. His presence on the field changes the way this defense operates and the schemes they can employ. 

In other injury news, the Giants welcomed Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul and Michael Boley back to practice today. Although the Giants will be missing a few key pieces in Atlanta, this team has no more excuses left in the tank. Sunday is as close to a must win game as it gets, so the Giants need to come out firing on all cylinders regardless of who is out on the field.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Atlanta Falcons, Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kenny Phillips, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Prince Amukamara, Stevie Brown, Tom Coughlin, Tyler Sash, Washington Redskins

18 Responses to “New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Has Setback, Still not Practicing”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    CB Prince Amukamara said his hamstring strain is a “minor setback.” He’s “hopeful” for Sunday, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll play.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      This is a tough blow. I think it means Hosley starts and Hill is in the slot. I think it means a conservative approach towards their passing game. The pass rush is even that mush more important now.

      This game is not a must win for the playoffs so with his injury I think we have to sit Prince out. I don’t think we can go on a run without Prince so we have to be smart. The Bradshaw case is similar.

      It doesn’t sound like KP is close to returning.

      •  Paul Tierney says:

        I think this game is a must win. If the Giants lose and the Skins beat the Browns and the Cowboys beat the Steelers, we are in third place in the division. That’s a total disaster considering where this team was a few weeks ago.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          There’s a difference between a must win than a win and go home game. This is just a must win to control our destiny. Even if we win sunday we must win the following 2 games to continue to control our destiny if Dal and Was win too. To me it’s not worth it. When you consider with a combination of dal and was losing one more game each allows us to win the division at 10-6. Plus Chicago or Seattle losing one more gets us at least a wildcard at 10-6. Prince sounds a lot like KP was before the redskin game. I don’t think it’s worth the risk this week.

          •  kinsho says:

            This game is a definite must win. Better that we control our own destiny than having to pray on other teams losing, period.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              That’s not my point. My point is you don’t put Prince out there risking him for the season. While it’s important it’s not worth that much risk when there is what a 75-80% chance we get into the playoffs at 10-6. Prince not playing doesn’t mean we lsoe this game at all. Of course it makes it harder but still against that team it’s a 50-50 shot without Prince.

  2.  Krow says:

    I hate to say it, but I think KP is basically done for the year. It’s also worrying from a long-term-health perspective.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I know this sounds bad but I wonder if we are more willing to risk his long term healthy because we are not likely to re-sign him? Just a thought.

      •  rlhjr says:

        I would also bet that KP and his agent understand that possibility fully.

        rlhjr says:
        December 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM
        Coughlin is going to have impose PLAXICO rules on Nicks and Bradshaw.

        Neither of them can practice other then streaching and walk-throughs.
        And perhaps Eli and Hakeem going over routes alone at full speed. They cant risk either geting hurt at this point.

        If Rivers gets hurt again, I strongly suggest he be sent home to his mom for some TLC.


  3.  rlhjr says:

    What is hard is having some of these kids having to play special teams and starting. This time of year everyone is nicked. But if Atlanta what to make this a track meet, the DB/Safeties need rest between series.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    sounds like the offense is going to have to put up 30+
    any word on whether Wilson will still handle Kickoff duties

    •  Levito says:

      Exactly what I was going to post. The offense will need to keep up.

      Then again, the Giants banged up defense is still better than what Carolina is fielding, and they held Atlanta in check for the majority of the game. And this defense also completely shut down Atlanta last year with Ross as the #2. Hopefully Webster can hold his own.

  5.  Levito says:

    Interestingly enough, Roddy White missed 2 days of practice and is now a game time decision for Sunday:

    •  kinsho says:

      We NEED Roddy White to NOT play. Roddy White not playing makes up for the lack of the Prince, KP, all the other defensive players that are banged up on our team.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    This from Gilbride:

    The question you all want answered: What took so long for Kevin Gilbride to unleash David Wilson? Said Gilbride …
    “Well, again, he’s had chances. That’s the first time he’s done it. That’s where you sometimes overlook those aspects. He has been able to carry it. In fact, until those runs at the end he was three runs for three yards (each). So again, it was great to see him do what he did, both in the special teams and in the few times that he ran the ball that we were able to give it to him at the end. He did a terrific job for us, so we’re ecstatic.”

    Gilbride added: “He’s still got some areas that you guys won’t see that need some significant upgrading so that we can keep the entire offense going.”


  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Roddy White misses second straight practice

    When Falcons wide receiver Roddy White missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Mike Smith indicated that it was minor and that White was expected back at practice on Thursday and expected to play on Sunday.

    Thursday’s practice has come and gone and White wasn’t on the field for it. That’s changed the outlook for Smith and the Falcons as the coach is now terming White a game-time decision for the home game against the Giants. Smith’s still sounding a hopeful note about White’s status, however.

    “We’re going to be very cautious with Roddy in terms of getting ready for the ball game,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “He will not probably do a whole lot tomorrow or Saturday, and then we’ll get him out there on Sunday and see where he’s at. But it’s hard to keep Roddy White out of a football game.”

    It will be harder to win a football game this week if White isn’t on the field. The Giants defense has been vulnerable to big passing plays this season and the Falcons are well-suited to exploit that when they have a healthy White and Julio Jones in the lineup.

    Safety William Moore also missed practice Thursday. He was inactive for last week’s loss to the Panthers because of a hamstring injury.

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