Rolle passes tests, back on the field

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle returned to the practice field Thursday, four days after suffering a head injury against the Cowboys.

Did he actually have a concussion? That's not entirely clear.

"To be honest, I don’t know what it was," Rolle said Thursday. "I just know I was dinged up at the moment, but for whatever it was, we had to go through and make sure we went through the right protocol. I saw the doctors. I went through the tests and everything and I’m back out here to work."

Coach Tom Coughlin liked what he saw. "He worked well today and he seemed to feel real good," Coughlin said.

With Kenny Phillips poised to return this week after missing four games with a knee injury, the Giants should have their starting safety tandem back in place for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

"It’s always great to have Kenny back," Rolle said. "I’m looking forward to having him back, looking forward to him making plays in this defense as he always does."

In Phillips' absence, the Giants unearthed another playmaker -- third-year safety Stevie Brown, who has five interceptions on the season, including three the past two weeks.

(The five picks puts Brown one behind the league leader, Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.)

Coughlin said Wednesday that he will find ways to utilize all three safeties. The Giants sometimes employed a three-safety look on defense last season.

Rolle was asked about that possibility Thursday.

"I think we can do whatever we want to do at this point," Rolle said. "It’s not our call to make as players. It’s just our job to do whatever we’re assigned to do, whatever we’re told to do and that’s all we’re going to continue to do."