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New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Returns to Practice

October 25th, 2012 at 12:45 PM
By Dan Benton

For the first time since spraining his MCL against the Philadelphia Eagles in week three, New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips returned to the positional portion of practice on Thursday. And although playing on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys remains up in the air, it's a good sign that the veteran is nearing a healthy return.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With Stevie Brown playing so well in his absence, the Giants have no reason to rush Phillips back and risk re-injuring his MCL.

In addition to Phillips, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quad) also returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. And they were joined by center David Baas, who missed practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury sustained against Washington.

Meanwhile, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) missed his second day of practice, while linebacker Jacquian Williams (hamstring) stretched and did limited individual work on the side.

“This is the second week [he’s missing practices] and he clenches his teeth and goes and does it,” Coughlin said of Bradshaw not practicing. “But the fact of the matter is if we have to adjust. We have to adjust.”

Finally, tight end Travis Beckum, who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, was practicing for the second consecutive day.

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34 Responses to “New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Returns to Practice”

  1.  BLU-82 says:

    Question for anyone regarding JPP contract. You kinda figure his will be inflated due to Mario Williams’s monster contract, but since MW has worked out so poorly, does that afford us any leverage? Or is it completely irrelevant?

    I imagine the fact that he has had a poor statistical year to date won’t hurt his value very much.

  2.  giantsfan says:

    You know, I wonder if we should sit Bradshaw for a week or two to heal. Brown has shown he’s more than capable of starting and being successful. With the news of Lee’s absence, the Giants can and should run on them easily.

    Despite it being an important divisional game, I think this week is a good week to start Brown and mix in a large dose of Wilson.

    •  BLU-82 says:

      It would be nice for Wilson to redeem himself against Dallas. No chance of Bradshaw sitting outright but I’d love to see a 50/50 or 50/25/25 split amongst the backs. I am disappointed we haven’t seen something like that so far, but the staff is clearly serious when they talk about the importance of pass protection- as they should be.

      •  giantsfan says:

        We’ll never see a 50/25/25. The third back never gets that many carries.

        I can see a 60/40 with Bradshaw and Brown. I think it would had went that way last week if the game plan was to run. But it was clear the game plan was to attack their secondary.

        •  BLU-82 says:

          Yeah fair point- that’s more accurate. We should see how the coaches feel about the backs Sunday, that’ll be a great opportunity to run the ball down the Cowboys throats.

          With Sean Lee out, it’ll be a good day on the ground and real redemption for the Black Unicorn.

      •  TonyMW says:

        Here’s the thing- Bradshaw is no longer physically capable of handling the workload he has been receiving the past couple of games. I don’t care if he said his foot got stepped on, the fact of the matter is that if it wasn’t that, it would eventually be something else. The 2 options are to either maintain the current split and hope Bradshaw stays healthy, or give Brown a bigger chunk of the snaps while working in Wilson slowly. It’s either you take your chances and give Brown/Wilson a few pass protecting situations a game in relief of Bradshaw or if Bradshaw goes out for a couple of games (or more) then Brown/Wilson would be in protection EVERY time.

        I think the correct decision is clear.

  3.  kujo says:

    Krow,

    Baas returned to practice, so you can unclench your v*ginal muscles for the time being.

  4.  Valid says:

    As mentioned in the article, do NOT rush KP. Brown is playing incredibly well. Make sure Phillips is as healthy as possible for the stretch run/playoffs.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    If KP and Benard return we are really about at full strength. Very good news. You have to figure that even if neither plays this week that they should be ready by next week.

    With how Brown has played, I wonder if we see more 3 safety looks when KP does return. When Hill returns our strength on defense might be at safety.

    •  kinsho says:

      We have some damn good safeties, but the heart and soul of the defense is still the defensive line.

    •  TonyMW says:

      This is actually perfect timing. With our current situation, the late bye couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m actually pretty confident we can win our next 3 without Bernard or KP, but I say sit them this week for sure and if they are good to go against Cincy and Pit. we could surely use the help. The bye is gonna work wonders in healing up all of the little nicks (no pun intended) en route to a late season playoff push.

  6.  kinsho says:

    This whole Bradshaw thing is interesting. He will still be the lead back, as his ego simply won’t allow him to sit on the bench idly. He’ll get 60% of the carries at the very least, but Andre Brown and David Wilson should be called upon more as well, either in short-yardage situations or downs where we can afford to run the ball without hindering the drive too much (2nd & 1, for example).

    I still expect some furious running from Bradshaw come next Sunday. I know he’s still fuming over that Washington game. Likewise, I expect some nasty kick returns from David Wilson. He won’t forget what they did to him in the opener.

  7.  The Original G Man says:

    Schadenfreude Alert: John Clayton lists the ten worst contracts in football:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/dollars/post/_/id/2125/worst-nfl-contracts-no-running-from-russell

  8.  The Original G Man says:

    @RVacchianoNYDN
    S Kenny Phillips did practice today. Coughlin said he’ll be worked back in”gradually”. As for Sunday, he said “We’ll see.”

  9.  LUZZ says:

    I really think with the emerging talent we have at Safety and all the players we’re looking to lock up in the next 2 years, this is Phillips final year in blue. Hate to see it happen but that is what it looks like to me.

    So much of the discussion on whether or not to sign a group of guys to long term deals depends on what talent is waiting behind them. Beatty will have more leverage than Phillips for this reason.

  10.  The Original G Man says:

    CLASSIC!

    @ChrisWesseling
    #Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has changed his Twitter handle to “Optimus Prime” in anticipation of this week’s battle with Megatron.

    •  kujo says:

      Reminds me of that list of cornerbacks Ochocinco had taped to his locker that he wanted to abuse a few years back.

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