Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel and defensive end Juqua Parker did not practice today, according to head coach Andy Reid. Samuel has a knee injury, while Parker has a hip flexor strain. Reid also said that Ellis Hobbs, now on the injured reserve, is still up in the air as to whether or not he will need neck surgery. Samuel’s status is uncertain for Sunday’s game in Chicago.
“I don’t know,” Reid said. “We’ll take it day-by-day here and just see how he does. I can’t tell you that he’s not a little sore today, and gimpy, but we’ll see how he does. I know he wanted to play in the game.”
Samuel isn’t sure when he injured the knee, according to Reid, but it may have been on his fumble recovery in the second quarter. Samuel played the rest of the game and had two interceptions, both after the injury.
The veteran corner leads the league with 7 interceptions and has 36 over the last five years, the most by any player in any five year stretch in NFL history. The Eagles lead the league with 19 interceptions. Joselio Hanson will get Samuel’s practice reps and would be in line to take his starting spot if necessary.
With Hobbs officially on the injured reserve, the Eagles brought in cornerback Brandon Hughes from the Giants’ practice squad. Reid said he won’t be used on punt returns, as Jorrick Calvin will resume those duties with Hobbs gone. According to Reid, the Eagles have had their eye on Hughes for a little while.
“[General manager] Howie [Roseman] has been studying all along and he’s talked to me about him over the last little bit,” Reid said. “When it came time here to do this, he felt very strong about it, so we did that.
“He can play both inside and outside, so nickel and the corner spots. We just thought he was a good player. So we wanted to add him to our roster, there.”
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