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.
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.
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