Friday, November 23, 2012
Injury report: Phillips questionable
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants safety Kenny Phillips (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game but is expecting to play. Phillips is trying to play for the first time since he suffered a sprained MCL against Philadelphia on Sept. 30, and he was limited in practice all week.
"I feel like I'll be able to make plays," Phillips said. "The moment I feel like I can't I won't go out there."
The safety said he's more confident that he will be able to play against Green Bay than he was when he proclaimed that he would be playing against the Steelers. In the four games he's played Phillips has 15 total tackles and one pass deflection.
"I was going through those practices back then, like two weeks ago, and (was) still kind of sore," Phillips said. "This week I'm not having that problem out there. I'm running around, participating fully in practice, not taking any plays off. And I feel pretty good. I like my chances."
If Phillips plays this weekend, it will allow the Giants to use their three-safety set that was so successful last year. Backup Stevie Brown has played well in Phillips' absence, with five interceptions, but Phillips has been one of the team's steadiest defensive players the past few years.
"That's going to be huge," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said of Phillips coming back.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) had a limited practice Friday and is probable. The veteran practiced once this week but is usually questionable for games, meaning he's likely improved health-wise since the team's bye last week.
"I felt good at practice," Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday as part of his once a week practice schedule, but made a return Friday. The running back has had nagging issues in his foot for almost the entire season, although he recently had his neck checked out to make sure it was clean. Bradshaw has only missed one game this year, due to a neck injury he suffered against Tampa Bay in September.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (knee) had a limited practice Friday and is probable. Joseph woke up with swelling in his knee Wednesday and did not practice. He thought he would return to the practice field on Thursday, but missed that day as well. The third-year player has started every game for the Giants at left defensive tackle and has been one of the bright spots on defense this year.
Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) are both out for Sunday's game. Hixon is battling an ankle injury he suffered against Cincinnati on Nov. 11, while Williams still has not returned from a knee injury he suffered vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14.
Linebacker Keith Rivers (calf/knee) is questionable after a limited practice Friday, while center David Baas (ankle/elbow), safety Tyler Sash (ankle) and right guard Chris Snee (ankle) all had full practices Friday and will be probable as the Giants try to expand their NFC East lead to two games.
One positive for the Giants was wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has battled foot and knee issues all year, was not on the injury report all week. The receiver is having a down year but is hoping that his production will improve as he gets healthier. His "Hail Mary" catch against Green Bay in the playoffs last year was a big reason why the Giants defeated the Packers.