James and Phillips are on injured reserve but have been designated to return. James returned to practice on Monday for the first time since he suffered a stress fracture to his right foot during joint practices with the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 15.
Phillips - who broke his right forearm during the fourth quarter of a Sept. 15 game at Detroit - has been practicing the past two weeks.
Lynn said both players looked good during practice this week, but the amount of time they’ve missed remains a concern.
“We have to be careful putting guys back out too soon or back out there before they’re ready,” he said.
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