Giants safety Kenny Phillips, who sat out practice today with what was described as a "medial collateral ligament issue," said his injury status designation simply is a reflection of the conservative approach the Giants are taking with him. Two other players listed as questionable, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and cornerback Terrell Thomas, both practiced and should be in the starting lineup Sunday in Houston.
Phillips said he injured his knee in Sunday night's game against the Bears and was able to continue playing. The only day he practiced this week was on Thursday. But he said there is no swelling, and he insists the new injury is not related to the microfracture surgery performed on his left knee last season.
"It's nothing like that," Phillips said. "It's really not severe.
"It feels great. It's more of a precaution, nothing serious. I think they're just trying to be smart right now. I think we're being real conservative. I'm looking forward to playing, and I've been watching film and doing everything to be prepared to play."
Bradshaw played all last season with a variety of foot and ankle injuries, but didn't often practice. He missed the first two practices this week, but did everything today. "It feels great," Bradshaw said of his left ankle. "There's no setbacks at all. It just takes a couple days for it to heal. I've had ankle sprains before. During the game, it gets numb for a couple minutes, and then, I'm back out there."
In addition to the three questionable Giants, defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) and center Adam Koets (knee) practiced and were listed as probable. Five players are out including C Shaun O'Hara (ankle/achilles), LB Keith Bulluck (toe), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck), FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) and OT Will Beatty.