According to head coach Anthony Lynn, Phillips tore something in his left arm in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
Phillips totaled six tackles (two solo) in the contest despite the injury. It is uncertain at this stage what exactly the safety tore in his arm, but there will be hope that his recovery window will not affect his preparations for the 2019 season.
Phillips totaled nine tackles (seven solo) during Saturday's loss to Baltimore.
Phillips has been one of the more underappreciated players around the league this season. The do-it-all safety is now averaging over seven tackles over his past eight games, with four tallies of at least nine stops over that stretch. While rookie sensation Derwin James and stud cornerback Casey Hayward will likely continue to command the headlines in the Chargers secondary, the versatile Phillips will remain a key cog within a Los Angeles defense that seems primed to make a postseason run.
Phillips tallied 10 tackles (five solo) in the 29-28 win over the Chiefs on Thursday.
Phillips has been a key rotational piece for the Chargers, often subbing in during nickel and dime packages as a pseudo linebacker. The likes of Derwin James and Jahleel Addae have overshadowed Phillips season to date, but if the fifth-year safety were to get the starting nod at some point he'd make for an intriguing IDP option.
Phillips recorded nine tackles and one pass breakup during Sunday's victory over the Raiders.
Phillips set a new season-high in tackles, falling just short of the double-digit mark after accomplishing the feat once last year. However, Phillips is a high-variance fantasy asset who's hard to trust on a weekly basis in most IDP formats.
Phillips appeared back in full form Friday, breaking up a would-be touchdown pass. The 26-year-old has a full preseason of first-team reps ahead of him, so staying healthy will be the No. 1 priority. He accrued 63 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions in a situational role last season, and logging starter snap counts could propel him to be a solid IDP option.
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|2015||San Diego Chargers||9||19||12.0||7||0||1||39||39.0||39||0||1|
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|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||15||63||50.0||13||0||2||13||6.5||9||0||5|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||94||65.0||29||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||9|
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|2015||San Diego Chargers||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|