Giants' Phillips placed on IR

September, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


As if the Giants didn't have enough injury issues in their secondary, the club announced Thursday that starting safety Kenny Phillips (left knee) has been placed on injured reserve. Phillips had two interceptions in last Sunday's 33-31 win over the Cowboys and he appeared to be on his way to a breakout season.

Coach Tom Coughlin thought the team could stay ahead of the injury by resting Phillips during the week, but obviously he must have had a major setback. Former Texans safety C.C. Brown will take over as the starter and the Giants moved quickly to sign former Packers safety Aaron Rouse.

There's also a good chance the Giants won't have cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery in this game because of hamstring injuries. The Cowboys weren't able to exploit the Giants' thin secondary, but they had to play against Phillips. I believe that the former Miami Hurricane was poised to become one of the elite safeties in the league. He just had a knack for the ball, and he had the ability to cover wide receivers one on one.

Fortunately for the Giants, they will be able to break in Brown against some rather weak NFL teams coming up on the schedule.

Here's a video of Coughlin discussing Phillips' injury. Meanwhile defensive end Justin Tuck has a partially torn labrum, according to the New York Daily News.

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