Kenny Phillips wins appeal

Updated: November 23, 2012, 7:20 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips said Friday he won his appeal and had his $30,000 unnecessary roughness fine from September overturned.

Phillips was fined for hitting Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson on a pass play during which no flag was thrown in the Giants' 41-34 win on Sept. 16.

The 25-year-old also said Friday that the league sent him a letter last year saying he possibly could get suspended if he kept up with his hard-hitting style. Phillips was fined several times last season for his play and said he felt like he was a target of the NFL at one point. He hasn't heard from the league this year, although he's only played in four of the Giants' 10 games.

"But I think it's died down a little bit, so hopefully I'll be OK," Phillips said.

Philips seemed to show some support for Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, who was suspended one game for helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless players but then had it rescinded and turned into a $50,000 fine. He seemingly joked that Reed's place in the news might keep the league from taking a deep look at him.

"I think Ed, my brother from Miami, is taking a lot of heat right now, but I think I might slide right through it," Phillips said.

Phillips is scheduled to return to the field on Sunday for the first time since he sprained his MCL against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 30. The safety practiced in a limited capacity all week and expects to play. Phillips originally thought he would return Nov. 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers but instead had his return pushed back through the bye.

The veteran added that he likes to be as physical as possible on the field because he doesn't get many opportunities to be that way. He also tries to take advantage of them when they present themselves.

"I haven't hit anyone in forever," Phillips said. "It kept me from getting fined, which is a good thing, kept a little money in my pocket. But I'm looking forward to getting back out there and having some fun."

Also, Giants 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 likely has improved health-wise since the team's bye.

"Getting a little healthier, I feel," Bradshaw said. "Getting a little firm on my feet. And I felt good at practice."

Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) both are out for Sunday's game.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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