It was reported this time last week that safety Kenny Phillips was held out of practice due to some issue with his knee. This was particularly significant given all the troubles Phillips has had with his knees in his career so far.
However, Phillips was back on the field this week as the team kicked off its mandatory minicamp. Speaking to PE.com, Phillips says that he didn't suffer a setback and that his rest last week was planned.
"I had a few days off and I feel good," Phillips said. "This is something I've been doing the last two years and I'm not going to change it. Even though I feel good, I want to be smart. We get a lot of reps out here every day and to get out there and keep running and running and running ... I'm not going to push it. I know what works for my knee so that I'm good for training camp and the season."
As we've said a few times over the last week, these are voluntary practices and there's little reason for Phillips to be risking anything just to be a part of them. If he feels that scheduling some rest at certain points during the offseason will help manage his knees and keep himself healthy, then I think we're all in full support of that.