New York Giants S Kenny Phillips aggravated the right knee that sidelined him for the past six games prior to Sunday night’s win over the Green Bay Packers. It was not clear what the extent of the damage was, but it didn’t look too serious when Phillips was on the sideline.
However, it did look serious as it played out on the field. Phillips clutched his knee in agony on the ground as another member of the Giants was injured on the ground as well. Details of Phillips’ injury were not immediately released. However, coach Tom Coughlin told reporters he hopes it isn’t serious.
Phillips said afterward he wasn’t worried about the injury. He also said he could’ve played the rest of the game had it been close. That probably provides a sense of relief for fans, but the athlete always does his best to not make a big deal out of injuries. Coughlin said Phillips will need a couple days of evaluation to completely determine his status.
The Giants used the three-safety look in the win over the Packers, and it was one of their best defensive performances of the season. It came at the right time and against the right opponent. The three-safety look allowed S Antrel Rolle to be a factor in more ways than one.
Rolle was hovering around the line of scrimmage, where he is most effective. He also played the corner slot position, where he got physical with receivers trying to run routes across the middle. Rolle played corner with the Arizona Cardinals, so he definitely knows how to play the position.
The Giants showed that the three-safety look works in more ways than one. Against the Washington Redskins next week, Rolle will need to be more of a linebacker and keep his eyes on QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris. The Redskins don’t rely on slot receivers a lot, so Rolle will not need to play corner that much.
This all depends of the status of Phillips’ knee. If he’s ready to go Monday night, that is much better for the Giants defense. If not, that could spell trouble for a defense ranked in the bottom half of the league.