John Phillips is not going to wear a brace on his knee. He trusts it.
“I don’t think I need one. The knee is stable,” he said Saturday after the morning walkthrough.
But it’s a fair question. The third-year tight end, drafted in the sixth round out of Virginia, missed all of last year with an ACL tear in his right knee suffered in the first preseason game.
Now he has to wait and see what happens after that first hit.
“When an offensive lineman or somebody rolls into my knee and it gets slammed into the turf, then get up and go,” he said. “Obviously, from a mental standpoint, that will help. But I trust the doctors did a great job, and everybody who had anything involved with it. The knee is doing great.”