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Giants safety Kenny Phillips, sidelined by an injury

Giants safety Kenny Phillips, sidelined by an injury that kept him out most of the 2009 season, smiles at Giants training camp in Albany, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2010) Credit: Jon Winslow

Kenny Phillips will be allowed to participate in Monday afternoon’s practice. How much will he be allowed to do? He doesn’t seem to care.

“I’m going to be out there,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s only one play, at least I get to get out on the field.”

Phillips had been aiming for the start of training camp to get his chance back on the field. Instead the Giants decided to hold him back for a week on the PUP list. Tom Coughlin said he will not be doing all that much.

“We’ll just kind of ease him into it,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see. They’ll tell me what to do with him and I’m almost sure that he’ll come back for one and he’ll be limited in that one. I don’t know. I’ll have to hear what they say.”

Phillips said he likes what he’s seen from the secondary – and he’s seen a lot being on the sideline for every practice. He said he doesn’t care if he comes back as a starter or not. “They could put me on fifth string, I just want to be out there,” he said.

But while he was complimentary of the guys who have been on the field – Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Michael Johnson with the first unit – Phillips said he thinks he can make the unit even better. He said he still looks at himself as a playmaker.

“I think that when I get out there, there are a lot of plays that I can make,” he said. “Even though we’re doing a good job out there now, I still see some things that we can get better at and I’m going to try to go out there and improve.”


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