EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It sounded all week as though safety Kenny Phillips would return to the field this week for the New York Giants after missing four games with a knee injury, but he will not. Phillips is on the list of inactive players for this afternoon's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium, and he will once again be replaced in the starting lineup by NFC Defensive Player of the Week Stevie Brown.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who has been a minimal practice participant over the past few weeks but has yet to miss a game this year due to his foot injury, is active and starting for the Giants.
Other changes for this game include the return of David Diehl to right tackle in place of Sean Locklear. Diehl was injured early in the season, and the Giants' running game functioned well for a couple of weeks with Lockear at right tackle and Will Beatty at left. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced during the week that Diehl was healthy enough to return to his starter's role and would do so this week.
For the Steelers, safety Troy Polamalu is inactive as he has been for much of this season. Also inactive are first- and second-string running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer, meaning Isaac Redman gets the start at running back for Pittsburgh.
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Full list of inactives:
LB Chase Blackburn
LB Jacquian Williams
LB Keith Rivers
S Kenny Phillips
TE Bear Pascoe
S Troy Polamalu
RB Rashard Mendenhall
RB Jonathan Dwyer