On a day when players and coaches invariably talk about the excitement, anticipation and hope for an upcoming season, Phillips could not hide his disappointment.
For almost a year, the 23-year-old safety who was starting to show Pro Bowl potential has battled back from major surgery on his left knee. His target day for getting back on the field has been the first day of camp.
The Giants have placed him on the physically unable to perform list, and no one is saying when he will be ready to go.
When? He just doesn’t know.
When asked why he was on the PUP list, Phillips meekly said that maybe the staff didn’t want to rush him. He insisted that since he had microfracture surgery, he has progressed to the point where he has run, cut and done football drills.
“So I am not worried about that, being in any pain once I do start,” he said. “I just have to get used to playing football again.”
However, doctors found patella femoral arthritis in his left knee after the second game and performed the microfracture surgery. Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks had the same surgery and has returned at a high level.
New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and most of the veterans on the team have told Phillips to be patient.
“We understand the nature of his injury,” Fewell said. “We are all disappointed, but we understand that we must take it slow so we don’t hurt Kenny and Kenny doesn’t hurt himself. As soon as he can join us, that’s great. We’ve got to look after Kenny and he has to look after himself.”
While remaining patient can be tough, Phillips insists he won’t push it. He noted that the Giants are in good hands at safety with veteran free agents Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant on the roster. And he also believes once he returns he is confident he will win his job back.View Entire Story
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