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Giants Kenny Phillips will not play in Week 9 vs. Steelers

He said earlier in the week he would play, but a report surfacing Sunday morning says he's out for the 4:25 p.m. ET Week 9 game.

Norm Hall

Giants safety Kenny Phillips said he was going to play against the Steelers in Week 9.

Pro Football Talk seems to have different news for him. Per PFT, a source says Phillips will not play today when the Giants host the Steelers at MetLife Stadium.

Part of New York's defensive game plan was going to be employing three safeties in a nickel package in an effort to provide a shield against the Steelers' big play ability while maintaining run support against a team that's rushed at a high level in their last two games.

Giants S Stevie Brown was the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week in New York's win over Dallas last week. He had two interceptions and a fumble recovery as the Giants won their fourth straight game.

It appears as if the Giants will go with the same secondary they have, consisting of Brown and Antrel Rolle with cornerbacks Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara.