[Note by JasonB, 05/28/13 4:57 PM EDT ] Phillips was evidently held out as a precaution.
Source w/knowledge of situation tells me Kenny Phillips' knee absence from today's OTA was nothing serious. Better if he was out there, tho— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) May 28, 2013
So, via the Eagles, Kenny Phillips says he's OK, held out of wet-field practice as a precaution.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) May 28, 2013
When asked whether Phillips suffered a setback, Chip sidestepped the question.
"I don't ask questions," Kelly said. "They just tell me who's going and who's not going."
I'm guessing he actually does ask what happened when one of his players gets injured and does know what is wrong (since he said it was the knees), but since it's the offseason he doesn't have to be specific he's choosing not to be.
Phillips has been plagued with knee issues throughout his career, but has been a legitimately good player when has been healthy. The Eagles took a flyer on the ex-Giant this offseason with a one year deal that contained no guaranteed money.
The deal had basically no risk to it, but a lot of potential reward if Phillips stayed healthy. While we're too short on information to say for sure whether Phillips is already done, any reports of knee issues for him have to be taken pretty seriously. Just a few weeks ago the player had declared himself 100% and ready to go.
Phillips had been running with the second team behind Nate Allen & Patrick Chung. If he's out, the battle for safety roster spots includes Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, David Sims & rookie Earl Wolff.