Much has been discussed, debated and hypothesized about Phillips since we went out early this past season regarding his condition.
Mainstream media has reported and speculated the severity of the injury and the probable impact on his career. Pete recently discussed this issue this past Wednesday and went on record as stating that "I think that Phillips will play. Every time that Rolle does an interview he talks about "me and Kenny." He should know whether Phillips will play and his comments are telling." Well this past Wednesday night Vacchiano ran this story: "Phillips insists those fears are completely unfounded. In fact, he told the Daily News earlier Wednesday that his recovery from left knee surgery is on track to have him on the field for the start of training camp in July."
From what has been written and disclosed it appears that the treatment for Phillips was the following:
"If there are holes in the articular cartilage called defects, it may be possible to repair the damage. A newer technique called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) has had favorable results. Normal, healthy cartilage is removed from a nonweight-bearing portion of the knee joint. The cells are taken to a lab where they are used to grow more cells. The cells are then transplanted back into the patient to fill up the hole."
We can all debate and speculate from the above on whether Phillips will be back to his level of play this season or he cannot be counted on period. None of us are in the know as most of us don’t possess a medical degree specializing in orthopedic medicine nor have we been fully involved in the examination of his case. What we can go by is what the patient and his teammate have communicated.
In preseason alarm bells were rung on this blog about the lack of depth at safety as the #1 concern going into the regular season not the wide receiver unit. Please search archive at your will to confirm, but I will go on record to in stating that they don’t need to go high in the draft for a DB as what they have will suffice. A roster that includes Ross, Rolle, Phillips, Johnson, Webster and Thomas is plenty. Although another safety in rounds 4 or 5 would be nice. Let’s fix the middle of the front of this defense with an MLB and a nose tackle.