It looks like Dashaun Phillips will be ready to play when the Redskins take on the Eagles. But it doesn’t look like he will have a job.
Phillips, who was the slot cornerback the first two games of the season before suffering a hamstring injury, practiced on a limited basis for the second day in a row. He could well be healthy enough to play on Sunday. The thing is, Kendall Fuller, who came in when Phillips went out, appears to have taken over the slot job. And defensive coordinator Joe Barry said that Fuller is there to stay.
“Right now Kendall Fuller is playing really good at our nickel position,” said Barry. “I don’t see a change there at all. He’s played very well, especially the last two weeks. We’re very happy with his play.”
Phillips was very much up and down while he was playing while Fuller has been outstanding. In such cases, the old adage that a player should not lose his job due to an injury is thrown out the window.
“I think it’s on a case-by-case basis, really,” said Jay Gruden. “You know, you try to do the best you can as far as playing the best player. And that’s the most important thing, trying to play the best player. Sometimes it’s tougher, easier said than done when a player misses a couple of weeks and the guy who steps in for him plays extremely well but the guy who comes back is a very good player.”
In the case of Phillips, the guy who took his place when he was injured was playing extremely well. It looks like Fuller is at nickel corner to stay and Phillips will have to wait for his next opportunity.