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Head Coach Tom Coughlin

Q: How's Ahmad Bradshaw?
A: He did well. He did okay – he got up on his toes, ran around.

Q: In the portion of practice that we saw, Kenny Phillips wasn't in there. Was he in later?
A: No, he didn't practice. He warmed up and then didn't practice.

Q: You said originally that that was just a Wednesday thing.
A: That's what I thought, too, but it fooled me.

Q: What happened?
A: He has a little bit of an MCL. It's not a surgical issue at all. He's had difficulty coming back from it, so we'll see. We've still got two days, but he did not practice.

Q: You said MCL. He said it was to prevent any injury. Is that all kind of related there?
A: It's not related to the injury from last weekend…

Q: Being careful is what I mean.
A: Well, you don't want it to go any further. That's for sure.

Q: It looked like Madison Hedgecock was wearing a scout team jersey – did he participate?
A: No.

Q: Terrell Thomas back today?
A: He was back limited today, yes.

Q: Is Bear Pascoe fully ready to handle all fullback duties?
A: All duties.

Q: You didn't have to change the offense at all?
A: No.

Q: If Phillips can't cut it, do you have a third safety?
A: Yeah, we've got safeties.

Q: Was Brian Jackson taking some reps?
A: He took some back there, yes.

Q: Do you think he can convert to safety?
A: He did some nice things out here. When we first decided to bring him up we thought he was a guy who could play either corner or safety. Coaches wanted to see him at corner first, so we did that first, and this week we needed him at safety and he seemed to do well there.

Q: Is Aaron Ross physically ready to try punt returns again?
A: Could be, yes. He's lobbying for it.

Q: Are you considering that?
A: I'd like to see more productivity on the punt return and kickoff return. I'm not sure that – although we have confidence in Aaron – we've got to give Darius every opportunity and hopefully we'll block for him a little bit in there, too.

Q: Assuming Terrell can play, would you put Ross at safety? Is he your first option?
A: Well, you need him as a corner. He has played back there, as you know.

Q: How much have you emphasized the importance of going into hostile environments and executing this week?
A: We've dealt with execution every week and we've dealt with the idea of playing smart football, not turning the ball over, reducing the penalties – we've dealt with that every week, so there's really no change in that, but playing a good football team, playing them on the road, yeah, all that stuff.

Q: Did bringing in a punter for a tryout have any effect on Matt Dodge?
A: No.

Q: Has he had a good week?
A: He's had a pretty good week. I thought he did well today.

Q: Are you considering having Sage Rosenfels hold instead?
A: There's always a possibility. There are a lot of options there.

Q: Not all rookies, no matter what position they play, can handle being booed and not performing as well as they want. How has Dodge dealt with all of that?
A: He's got those ear things in like Feagles used to wear.

Q: His attitude has been pretty good in handling everything?
A: I think he's handled it.

Q: When you look at the Texans pass defense, is that a function of teams coming from behind or are they vulnerable back there?
A: Well, they've scored 30 points in three of the four games – they've played well offensively and people have – even Washington – have thrown the ball a lot more. I just think it's a function of people and their decisions and game planning. Dallas didn't play that way. Dallas was pretty evenly distributed.

Safety Kenny Phillips

Q: How does your knee feel?
A: Great.

Q: Great? No setbacks this week?
A: No.

Q: Do you see this as a precaution or are there issues that you have to be careful with?
A: It's more of a precaution, nothing serious. They're just trying to be smart right now.

Q: Is your questionable status a conservative or a pessimistic viewpoint?
A: Conservative. That's what I'm going to say right now. I think we're being conservative right now. I hope to play, looking forward to playing. I've been watching film and doing everything to prepare to play, so I'm looking forward to it.

Q: Tom said you have an MCL problem:
A: That's pretty much why we're trying to be conservative. It's nothing with my knee that I had surgery on. There's no setbacks or swelling or anything, the knee is great.

Q: With another knee issue, is that kind of a danger in regard to the knee you had surgery on last season?
A: It could be in some cases. In this case, it's not as far as I know. I've been talking to the trainers and everyone else, and I'm pretty good.

Q: You said it could be in other cases?
A: In some cases, depending on how severe the MCL is, but mine is pretty much nothing.

Q: Anything related to when they looked at your knee during the Titans game?
A: No, that had nothing to do with it. I didn't hurt my knee on that play. Something different.

Q: How limited would you be if you did have to play with a brace?
A: I'm not sure. I've played a little bit with the brace on, and I did a little bit today without it. I feel good either way, to tell you the truth, so you just have to play.

Q: How confident are you that you can get past this and it won't bother you all year?
A: I'm very confident. It happened last week during the game, and I was able to finish the game and play well. Pretty much, I can do the same thing. 

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