The Giants got the best bad news they could have hoped for in regard to Kenny Phillips' knee injury.
The safety sprained his right MCL, which likely will sideline him for several games while he is listed as "week-to-week." He should be able to return in three to six weeks. An MRI showed the sprain Monday morning after the Giants feared that the injury might have been to Phillips' ACL, which would have required season-ending surgery.
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"It's still unfortunate, but we've got to keep his spirits high and let him know everything is going to be OK, we're going to hold it down until he gets back," fellow safety Antrel Rolle said.
Tackle David Diehl suffered a similar MCL injury in Week 2 and is expected back in practice this week. But, as Tom Coughlin pointed out, they play very different positions with far different stresses on their knees.
Coughlin was asked about his level of concern over Hakeem Nicks missing a second straight game, this last one with a newer knee injury.
"How much concern can I show you?" he said slowly.
In other words, it's very high. Nicks missed the Week 3 game because he could not get his foot into shape for the action on a short week, then missed Sunday night's game with swelling in his knee.
"It flared up on him when he started to run after having all that time off," Coughlin said. "It's a swollen knee, what can I tell you?"
Coughlin said the few bad shotgun snaps by C David Baas on Sunday night were a result of a swollen hand that did not allow him to grip the football properly . . . S Tyler Sash returned to the team Monday after serving a four-game suspension. The Giants will not need to make a roster move to accommodate him until later in the week.