After being listed as doubtful entering the game, Phillips convinced the coaches he could play. But he only was used for 20 snaps in three-safety packages on passing downs with Stevie Brown starting alongside Antrel Rolle.
Phillips said his limited duty was not because of a setback.
"I appreciate them just giving me a chance," Phillips said after the 17-16 loss to the Redskins. "I didn't play too many snaps. [But] I came out fine. Nothing bad happened [physically]."
Phillips looked like he lacked burst after aggravating his MCL injury against Green Bay the previous week. The MCL injury kept Phillips out of six games earlier.
Phillips didn't play much in the second half and said he was fine with Brown starting ahead of him. Brown tied Rolle and Corey Webster for most defensive snaps in the game with 54.
"Right now, I am backing up Stevie which is OK with me right now dealing with my injury," Phillips said. "I felt like I was good enough to go out there and play. I didn’t have too many snaps but I wasn’t in too many positions to make many plays. But if I was, I think I could have made them."