Kenny Phillips was on the field for six plays against the Steelers. Seven if you count the one that was negated by a holding call. “I snuck that extra one in there,” he said.

On Saturday, Phillips’ workload is sure to increase, and not just because of the progress he is making with his knee. The Giants are down to four working safeties – plus Matt O’Hanlon, who showed up midway through Tuesday’s practice – and that means the Giants won’t have the luxury of resting him. Someone has to play, after all.

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“He’s proven in the last couple of days of practice that in addition to coming back and feeling fine, that he can take some more reps,” Tom Coughlin said. “So maybe that will allow us to give him a few more on the weekend.”

How much is Phillips ready for?

“I’m hoping I can play the whole game if they let me,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been working for. I’ve had 11 months to train. I feel like I’d be prepared.”

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It’s very unlikely that Phillips will jump from a half dozen snaps to a full game. Even he said that he expects the Giants might just double his reps to 12, although he has yet to ask them. Whatever the number they give him, Phillips said it won’t be enough to satisfy him.

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“I’m going to beg for a little more, no matter what they tell me,” he said.