Phillips has limited practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenny Phillips had a limited practice and is still optimistic that he will be able to return Sunday against Green Bay. The safety has missed the team's past six games with a sprained MCL he suffered against the Eagles on Sept. 30.

"I feel a whole lot better today than I felt a week ago, two weeks ago," Phillips said. "Still not 100 percent but I think I'm good enough to play at this point."

While he was only limited in practice, Phillips said it went "great" and he did everything at practice. He said he's also getting his confidence back -- it's closing in on two months since Phillips last played.

"Hopefully by Sunday I'll have my confidence back and feel 100 percent so I can go out there and make plays," Phillips said.

While backup Stevie Brown has played well in Phillips' absence, the team is looking forward to Phillips' return. The veteran is one of the team's most steady players on defense, with his ability to break up plays down the field and also cover athletic tight ends. His return will also allow the Giants to bring back their three-safety look.

"It allows us to put some more packages in and move some guys around and give some looks that offenses haven't seen yet," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said.

The Giants could certainly use Phillips against Green Bay as they will be facing one of the best offenses in the league, as well as one of the top quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers. Phillips said this is a game the Giants definitely need to win, and he's sure Green Bay wants to come in and prove they were the better team last season when the Giants knocked them out of the playoffs.

One of the ways to beat Green Bay will be to get after Rodgers, who Phillips praised as one of the best. The safety believes the Giants can get to Green Bay's signal caller.

"I think he can be rattled. I think any quarterback can be rattled," Phillips said. "It's definitely going to start with our guys up front. They did a great job last season getting after him, so looking for the same effort from those guys and we should have a good day."

LINVAL OUT: Defensive tackle Linval Joseph did not practice Wednesday after waking up with a swollen right knee. He said he had to get some of the swelling out of it, and will aim to practice Thursday.

CAPERS IN: The Giants filled the open spot in their roster by promoting offensive lineman Selvish Capers from the practice squad. They signed offensive lineman Stephen Gooden to fill Capers' spot on the practice squad.