Kenny Phillips’s Knee Injury “Career-Threatening”?: A Giant Question Mark

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Published: September 24, 2009

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... they have a potentially season-defining problem.

The team placed second-year safety Kenny Phillips on injured reserve about five hours ago, ending his season and knocking the Giants off their early pole position in the NFC.

According to Newsday's Tom Rock, the knee soreness that bothered Phillips throughout the preseason was diagnosed as patellofemoral arthritis, a potentially career-threatening chronic condition that cannot be corrected or alleviated by surgery.

Dr. Craig Levitz, a noted orthopedist (who, it should be noted, has not examined Phillips or seen his MRI results), offered some very ominous information about the condition in Rock's article.

“Arthritis only goes in one direction," Levitz explained. "It only gets worse, it never gets better.”

In a less physically taxing sport like ...

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