Kenny Phillips Update

Rookie S Kenny Phillips, who had a spectacular start to the summer only to see his playing time oddly reduced as the preseason went along, apparently will not start Thursday night. Michael Johnson will be the starting free safety, though Phillips said he’s playing with the first nickel defense, meaning he’ll be on the field a lot in passing situations. “Michael had a pretty good preseason,” Phillips said. “It’s not right to move him, even though I was playing well.” I still think Phillips will start soon, and I’m betting he’ll end up with the majority of playing time Thursday night, too.