|by Ryan Messick
Asante Samuel is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game in Dallas, after missing practice for the last two days due to his knee injury. Samuel missed the last two games after spraining his knee in a 27-17 win over the Giants three weeks ago Sunday.
“It’s a day to day thing, you know, every day progress is being made so you’ve just got to see,” Samuel said. “It’s feeling better.”
Head coach Andy Reid said Samuel tried to do more in practice today, but wasn’t able to do very much.
“He was going to give it a try and see how he felt and so, it didn’t feel very good on Wednesday,” Reid said. “So we backed off him and we’re giving him treatment and we’ll just see how things go.”
Yesterday, a teammate of Samuel’s told Inside the Iggles that the veteran corner “might be 50/50,” in terms of his chances of playing on Sunday.
Samuel is a huge part of the Eagles defense, which leads the league in interceptions but has just one in the last two games. Samuel also still leads the league with seven picks this year.
With Samuel in the lineup, the Eagles give up 205 passing yards,1.7 touchdowns and 10.2 first downs through the air per game, while grabbing 1.9 picks per contest. In three games without him, they’ve allowed an average of 277 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 16 first downs while averaging just one interception.
“The last couple of games I was proud of what they did, but again you’re talking about Asante who is a great player,” Reid said. “Would you like him to be in there? Absolutely.”
“My main thing is to just try to get as healthy as possible so whether I’m out there or not, I’m just trying to get as healthy as possible,” Samuel said. “I would prefer to be out there running around a little more but I’m just trying to do the best thing to get all the strength back possible and be ready to go.”
The veteran said practice isn’t necessary for him to be able to go on Sunday, given his experience and film study.
“No man, I really don’t, I really don’t need no practice,” Samuel said. “The main thing is being healthy but the more practice the better.”
Samuel said he plans to get as much treatment as possible between now and Sunday, and then see what happens. It could be one of the biggest keys to the outcome of the game. With Samuel in the lineup, opposing quarterbacks have a rating of 68.3. Without him, it’s 112.02.
In addition to Samuel, right tackle Winston Justice did not practice due to a knee injury and is listed as questionable. Quarterback Michael Vick, defensive end Juqua Parker, cornerback Jorrick Calvin, guard Nick Cole and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon are listed as probably with minor injuries. None missed practice this week.
Yesterday we published the opposing quarterback rating without Asante Samuel in the lineup as 65.24, due to erroneously using net yards instead of gross yards in one step of the calculation. Today it was corrected at 68.3.