Kenny Phillips feels strong in return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenny Phillips' first game back from microfracture surgery on his knee was a short but successful one.

All that matters is Phillips continues to feel good and progresses toward eventually returning to the starting lineup after playing just two games last year before undergoing the season-ending surgery.

"It felt good, it really felt normal," Phillips said. "It's like riding a bicycle, you really never forget how to do it. I didn't get a chance to make too many plays, but in the little time I was out there, everything felt great."

Phillips started the second quarter with the first-team defense still in the game. He and middle linebacker Keith Bulluck both came in with the starters and were able to hold Pittsburgh's offense to a field goal despite Ben Roethlisberger having the ball at the Giants' 26 at the start of the quarter.

The Steelers got down to the Giants' six-yard-line before having to settle for a Jeff Reed 26-yard field goal.

For Bulluck, this was his first game back since undergoing surgery to repair his ACL last December.

"It felt great just being back out there," said Bulluck, who could eventually start at middle linebacker. "I felt great. I guess you could say I am officially a New York Giant.

"Coming in midway through the game, you're not up to game speed yet. There is way more for me to go. I really feel like I just got my feet wet."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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