Kenny Phillips came back last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers after missing six weeks with an MCL sprain, but he re-aggravated the knee and could miss the all important Monday night game this week. The New York Giants have listed Phillips as doubtful for the game against the Washington Redskins.
Reports from practice Saturday indicated that Phillips was running around gingerly and did not appear to be himself. He claimed after the Green Bay game he could have continued to play had the score not been a blowout, but the knee is clearly bothering him more than he let on.
This is a huge loss for the Giants as Robert Griffin III has been playing lights out the past two weeks, throwing for 504 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception.
Stevie Brown played well at times during Phillips’ absence, earning Defensive Player of the Week with his performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. He struggles in coverage at times but has a nose for the ball. He has five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three tackles for loss.
The Giants have struggled to slow down top tier offenses. Washington moved the ball well on the Giants in their first meeting but coughed the ball up four times. That seems to be the only way the Giants can hold off RGIII, and they’ll have to do it again Monday.
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed as questionable, but Tom Coughlin expects him to play. The Giants would really be in dire straits without their best pass rusher. JPP put a ton of pressure on RGIII and forced a fumble in their last meeting.
One thing is certain—the defense will be put to the test against Kyle Shanahan‘s offense. How they respond in this game could be the difference in making a playoff run and missing the playoffs.