EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Safety Kenny Phillips aggravated his right MCL knee injury that kept him out of six games during the Giants’ 38-10 win over Green Bay.
Phillips suffered the injury in the second half and did not return to the game. Phillips said he was held out for precautionary reasons and felt he could have come back if needed.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Coughlin said. “He came out of the game because he felt something. It is not anything new. Hopefully, he can deal with it and it is not going to be anything major.”
Coughlin said Phillips still has to go through further examination on his knee in the upcoming days.
"I was like, 'Here we go again,'" Phillips said on Sunday night. "But I got to the sidelines and the doctors took a look at it. It feels pretty good right now. I didn't want to take that chance to go back out there and miss the next week."
The Giants will have an extra day to recover since they play Washington on Monday night. That gives Coughlin a little more time to figure out what he will do with his running back depth after placing Andre Brown on the injured reserve “designated to return” with a broken fibula.
The Giants pretty much had nothing to lose by using the temporary IR spot (here's all you need to know about the temporary IR) on Brown since any player placed on the temporary IR can't be activated for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve. In this case, Brown or anybody else designated wouldn't be eligible to be activated until just before the Super Bowl, if the Giants were to get that far.
Coughlin, though, did say surgery is still “being discussed” for the running back.
Also, Coughlin said right tackle David Diehl is still being treated for a burner he suffered in the first half against Green Bay. Diehl was replaced by Sean Locklear. Coughlin is hopeful Diehl can play through the pain.
“I am not going to play down these things, these very painful type of injuries,” Coughlin said. “But I am hoping he can play through it.”