“That’s what we certainly believe,” Coughlin said Friday, per Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
“First of all, what we’ve done is in the best interest of the player and the New York Giants because we feel like this young man has an outstanding future,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin said that the injury occurred during training camp, and that the decision had been made that Phillips would try to play.
“The term was we could manage it and he was all for it,” Coughlin said. “You saw his camp; he had a great camp.”
It’s unknown whether Phillips will undergo surgery.
“He’s probably exercising his options in terms of listening to the doctors,” Coughlin said. “When that decision’s made, you’ll know it as I will.”
Agent Drew Rosenhaus agrees. “After discussing Kenny Phillips’ medical situation with several specialists, I’m pleased to say that the future prognosis is very positive,” Rosenhaus recently said on his Twitter page.
“Furthermore, this injury will NOT have a significant impact on Kenny’s NFL career,” Rosenhaus added. “All the negative speculation is off base and unfounded.”
Still, it’s unusual for a 22-year-old football player to be suffering from arthritis, and it remains to be seen whether Phillips will go on to have a successful career despite this condition.