Biggs: Giants S Phillips upbeat after microfracture surgery

Kenny Phillips is upbeat about his recovery two days after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee to end what he thought might have been a Pro Bowl season.

The safety told the New York Giants Web site that he plans a 100 percent recovery from patellofemoral arthritis, an unusual condition for a second-year player. He was at the team’s facility to begin the arduous rehabilitation process that will keep him from running for four or five months. His left leg is in a straight leg splint. He is using just one crutch, but doesn’t plan on being around too much because of the emotional toll missing the season is having on him.

“It's definitely hard to be around, I might run out there,” Phillips said. “So I am going to try and stay away from the game as much as possible. I talked to Osi (Umenyiora) and asked him what he did last year and he pretty much tried to stay away from it as much as he could, because the more you think about it the more you are going to be down and get down on yourself, the more you want to rush it back. So just kind of free your mind and get away from it all.”

Now, he can only focus on the tough road ahead.

“Everything was going so well,’’ he said. “I had good OTA’s, a good training camp. Everything was working itself out. I had a pretty good start to the season. We were 2-0 and I felt everything was going up and maybe I'd have a Pro Bowl season.’’

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