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Green lights for Phillips, Bulluck on Saturday

Giants safety Kenny Phillips wears a knee brace

Giants safety Kenny Phillips wears a knee brace during training camp in Albany, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2010) Credit: AP

Kenny Phillips has been cleared to play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers and Tom Coughlin said he will see time on the field.

The Giants have been taking baby steps with Phillips’ return from microfracture knee surgery last September. They held him out the first week of training camp on the PUP list and did not play him on Monday against the Jets. So what’s changed to allow Phillips to play now?

“The normal progress,” Coughlin said. “Just the fact that he was out there working and he hadn’t suffered any setbacks and the leg is stronger. We wanted to keep doing more, and the doctors agree.”

Phillips' knee is of concern, of course, but his upper body strength appears to be fine. When he dropped an interception that plinked off his shoulder pads today and would have been his first pick of training camp, he went down to the ground and pounded out a set of pushups.

Coughlin said that another knee-surgery player, Keith Bulluck, will also get his first taste of preseason game action on Saturday.

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