New York Giants safety Kenny Philips practiced on Wednesday for the first time since spraining his MCL on Dec. 4 against Green Bay. Phillips, who missed Sunday night's game against Dallas, was a limited participant.
"Practice went pretty good today," Phillips said. "No pain or anything. I feel like I'm ready to go."
Phillips did not practice all week leading up to the Dallas game but held out hope that he would have been able to. He was listed as doubtful but got downgraded to out and did not make the trip with the team, marking it the first game he missed the season. Phillips said he could have played Sunday, but erred on the side of caution.
"Just being smart and we have a heck of a run we're about to try to make and I feel like I need to be 100 percent," Phillips said.
With a big divisional game on tap for Sunday, as the Giants can ensure that they will be playing for the divisional title on Jan. 1 with a win, Phillips expects that he will be back in his starting spot at strong safety against Washington.
Phillips is third on the team with 67 total tackles.
"Can't sit this one out, won't happen," Phillips said.
MARIO IMPROVES: Wide receiver Mario Manningham had a full practice on Wednesday and did not appear on the injury report, a stark contrast from the past few weeks for the receiver. Manningham played for the first time in three weeks on Sunday after missing the previous two games with a swollen knee.
"I'm good; I'm feeling good," Manningham said.
Sunday night against Dallas, Manningham caught two passes for 62 yards, tallying a 47-yard touchdown and a 15-yard grab on fourth down. He now has 36 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
Manningham missed games against New Orleans and Green Bay with his swollen knee, which he said took away his speed as he had stuff floating around in it. Just a short while ago, Manningham had talked about the possibility of surgery to correct his knee and did not rule out the possibility of his season being over.
With the final three games of the season on tap, Manningham said that he is probably not going to need surgery and his knee has improved. He stopped reporters' questioning about his knee on Wednesday, wanting to talk about the game instead.
"I'm not even thinking about my knee right now," Manningham said.