Kenny Phillips will make his first appearance in live action since Game 2 of last season when he takes the field for the Pittsburgh game Saturday night. My guess is he won't play a whole lot, but just enough to test out that microfracture surgery on his left knee in game conditions.
The other good news is that Keith Bulluck will also play at middle linebacker, marking his return to action after ACL surgery in January. WR Steve Smith (groin) and Corey Webster (glut) will also play. Here's the whole story from Mikey G.