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Phillip Dillard making NFL debut, Wilkinson sidelined by broken hand

Giants Phillip Dillard during workouts at Giants minicamp.

Giants Phillip Dillard during workouts at Giants minicamp. (April 30, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

I spoke with Phillip Dillard this week about what I figured would be his first NFL game. He’d been playing some with the first unit on special teams and it didn’t look like Wilkinson was, so I read some tea leaves. Dillard didn’t give it up that he would be playing, but he was pretty excited about the possibility.

“I’ve got about seven weeks of want-to-playness built up,” he told me.

He’s been sidelined since a hamstring injury in the final preseason game forced him to miss a few games and then it became a numbers game of getting him on the field. Well, with Wilkinson out for today with a cast on his broken left hand, Dillard is playing.

The other inactives for the Giants are the four who did not make the trip – Darius Reynaud, Shaun O’Hara, Madison Hedgecock and Will Beatty – along with Jamon Meredith, Alex Hall and Linval Joseph.

Dillard is in there primarily to help the Giants control Leon Washington on special teams.


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