After all the tests, rehab, and running forward, backwards and side to side, Kenny Phillips tried a radical strategy on his injured knee – rest.
Initially thinking four to six weeks of healing time, the safety has missed the last six games for the Giants. The bye week made it seven, and that might be the magic number as he returned to the practice field on Monday.
"Initially when the incident first happened they told me four to six weeks, and I was like, 'No way, there's no way i'm going to be out that long,'" Phillips said. "We tried to push it every week trying to get back out there, and as time passed, I was like, 'Oh, man, this sucks.' I just kept missing games and missing games, and finally got the bye week."
After injuring it in Week 4 against Philadelphia, Phillips and the training staff aimed for his return in the Steelers game. But as game day approached, they decided to shut him down and wait for the bye. So here we are.
"It definitely feels like it was the right decision," said Phillips, who noted he probably would have hurt the team more than help against Pittsburgh because of the injury. "The trainers and myself felt like some of the things we were doing just weren't really working out. So we kind of switched the game plan and tried some new things, and thus far it feels pretty good."
Phillips said he is confident heading into the week of practice and that he "feels a lot better about this week" against the Packers due to the rest.
"He's trying to get back to it," Tom Coughlin said. "It's probably good for him to be out there. We'll see what he's like tomorrow and Wednesday."
*The New York Giants and New York Cares will host their fifteenth annual Coat Drive this Sunday. Giants Fans are encouraged to donate their gently worn coats by bringing them to either of the Fed Ex trucks parked in front of the MetLife and Verizon Gates prior to the game, or to New York Cares volunteers who will be at every entrance gate. New York Cares is a non-profit organization that helps warm thousands of men, women and children by providing winter coats to homeless shelters, community organizations, centers for battered women, and agencies serving senior citizens across the metropolitan area. Donations are more appreciated than ever before.