A good question was asked about S Kenny Phillips' availability and the depth chart at middle linebacker on the previous post. So here's an answer as best as I can discern.
Phillips remains out on PUP, but he's told reporters in Albany that he wants to stop predicting return dates. But he did say he felt like he could be back at practice at some point next week. Take that with a grain of salt, however, as Phillips has always been optimistic about his return from microfracture surgery. If I were you, I would put Phillips out of my mind until he actually steps on the field. Antrel Rolle is tearing things up at camp, and Deon Grant has quietly had a solid bunch of practices, so the safety spot appears in good hands right now.
As a matter of fact, when Rolle intercepted a Jim Sorgi pass to TE Jake Ballard, a couple of defenders shoved Ballard on the return and shouted, "We're Scorin'!" Just shows what kind of fire Perry Fewell has instilled in those guys.
Jonathan Goff has gotten a lot of work at first-unit MLB, but Gerris Wilkinson popped his head up today when he shut down a wide running play, garnering kudos and backslaps from three defensive coaches. That's nice for the kid, but barring a complete breakdown of Bulluck's surgical knee, count on him being in there as the starter.
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