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Eagles Lose Asomugha at Practice: A Fan’s Reaction
The Philadelphia Eagles weren't playing on Thanksgiving. However, that didn't stop the team from making news. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was carted off of the field after sustaining an injury to his left knee. While leaving the field on a cart is rarely a good sign, it should be noted that the team later said his injury wasn't as bad as originally thought. Still, the status of Asomugha is suddenly cast into doubt. As an Eagles fan, I know the team can't afford to lose their best cornerback. The secondary has been a sore spot all season. This won't help matters.
Cornerback Joselio Hanson(notes) said that Asomugha's injury wasn't as bad as originally thought and even speculated that he could still practice. However, there is no formal acknowledgement of how severe the injury is. I can't imagine any way that Asomugha will be able to practice so soon after being carted off. The best I am hoping for is that he feels better in time to play against the New England Patriots. If he can't go, the Eagles will have to use Hanson as a starter and Brandon Hughes(notes) as the third nickelback. The team is already without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes). DRC is out with an ankle sprain.
Heading into the 2011 season, much was made about the three top cornerbacks on the Philadelphia roster. But veteran Eagle Asante Samuel(notes) has struggled on and off the field. Meanwhile, DRC has been a monumental bust playing in the slot. Even Asomugha hasn't really lived up to his lofty free agent hype. However, Asomugha has at least been capable of playing at a high level. Outside of a couple of bad penalties, he has been mostly good the past few weeks.
The Patriots boast one of the best passing games in the league. But most of their strength comes from tight ends. If the Eagles had a healthy secondary, they could have helped neutralize the passing game a little. I didn't mind that DRC was likely out since he hasn't offered much at all. Hanson would have been fine playing in the slot role. But I don't feel nearly as comfortable with Asomugha out. Hopefully he will be able to play. If not, Samuel will somehow have to find a way to play like he did prior to this season. This is a game the Eagles have to win. They can't afford injuries in a unit that was already underachieving.
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