The Philadelphia Eagles have released Kenny Phillips, the free agent acquisition they thought could help fill black hole at the safety position in 2013. Phillips just could never really get on the field in camp or in the preseason due to one injury or another.
For the past few weeks it’s been a quad injury, but the main issue with Phillips are his knees.
In 2009, Phillips was placed on IR after needing micro-fracture surgery on his left knee due to a condition called “patellofemoral arthritis”, which is really just a fancy word for arthritis of the knee.
Arthritis can be treated in order to reduce pain and delay the onset, but it is a degenerative condition and cannot be cured. That’s why Phillips was able to return to action in 2010 and 2011 and even perform at a high level of play.
However, in Week 4 of the 2012 season, Phillips went down with an injury to his other knee. That came courtesy of one LeSean McCoy who “cut on a dime” and buckled Phillips’ knee, as seen in the GIF below…
- Gif courtesy of Bleeding Green Nation
That play knocked Phillips out of the game with damage to his MCL and PCL and basically killed his 2012 season. He returned in Week 12 but re-aggravated his injury the following week and didn’t return again until Week 17.
Here’s a snapshot of the McCoy-induced knee buckle…
The injury Phillips suffered while trying to tackle McCoy may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. He just hasn’t been the same ever since and now his career is in question.
It’s unfortunate because I held out high hopes that Phillips would be able to return to form and give the Eagles an answer at safety. But, it’s not a good sign for a player to be let go during the first round of cuts from a team with a desperate need at the position he plays.
In the wake of this news, it pretty much cements Nate Allen and Patrick Chung as the starting safeties this year.
Chung looks like a good in-the-box safety and the Eagles plan on using him as a slot corner in some packages, I just hope we don’t have to seem him in coverage down the field.
Hell, I’m not even looking forward to seeing Allen in coverage down the field. He always seems a step too slow in play recognition and/or reaction time.
Looks like safety will be a glaring need yet again come the offseason, unless Earl Wolff surprises.