Kenny Phillips seems upbeat about not being able to participate fully at the start of training camp. He was even able to crack a few jokes about it. Asked about his previous statements of wanting to be ready to be on the field today, he said “I still do.” And when asked if he has a new timetable for his return, he said:

“Uh… no. I kind of have an idea but I’m tired of making predictions so I’m just going to leave it alone.”

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It sounds like it’ll be about a week that he’ll be on the PUP list, doing drills on the sideline while the rest of the team practices. And while that may be difficult for Phillips, who will have to test his patience more than his knee in the next few days, the veteran players have been in his ear telling him to stay down until he’s absolutely ready.

“I’ll be the first one to say that I told Kenny to take his time,” Antrel Rolle said. “The last thing you want is a recurring injury or pushing it too fast and that’s going to prolong the process. So I said ‘Make sure you’re 150 percent by the time you come back for as long as it takes.’ The season doesn’t really start until late October anyways.”

Funny, that’s about the time the Giants’ season ENDED last year.