Kenny Phillips saw a silver lining in missing six games with a knee injury. The lining of his pocket.
“I haven’t hit anyone in forever,” Phillips said, looking forward to returning against the Packers on Sunday (he’s listed as questionable but had practiced all week). “It kept me from getting fined, which is a good thing. Kept a little money in my pocket. But I’m looking to get back out there and have some fun.”
Fines for hits from safeties were in the news this week as Ed Reed of the Ravens was suspended for a game, appealed that ruling, and wound up fined $50,000. Phillips said he was close to being suspended himself last year and that he was being targeted by the NFL.
“I think it’s died down a little bit,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be ok with having to hit someone … I was told (last year) that one more and you might get suspended. But it didn’t come to that. They were talking about suspending me.”
Phillips was fined $30,000 for a hit on Vincent Jackson in Week 2, but he appealed that fine and it was overturned, he said. He sent the league pictures illustrating how it was a clean hit and also told them what happened on the field. It was a violent hit, but from the moment it happened Phillips maintained it was legal and that he did not launch himself at Jackson.
As for now, he said he doesn’t feel like he is being targeted by the league anymore.
“I think Ed, my brother from Miami, is taking a lot of heat right now,” Phillips said, “so I think I might just slide through it.”