Nnamdi Asomugha took the brunt of a nasty collision with fellow teammate Nate Allen at Lehigh last week that initially looked it may cause the former All-Pro cornerback to miss a significant amount of time. Asomugha, however, somehow avoided a serious injury and has been slowly making his way back to full speed. Apparently, his progress has been good enough for Andy Reid, who will let Asomugha start at cornerback against the Patriots on Monday night.
What initially appeared to be a sure-fire concussion was merely whiplash and Reid explained that his absence was a matter of “just getting the spasm out.”
The coach seemed confident in letting Asomugha get back out there. “He was X-rayed, we knew everything was good,” he said. “He felt great. He’s a good communicator, so it feels like he’s ready to go.”
The Eagles defensive unit will need all the help they can get when they try to slow down the potent offensive attack of the Patriots which is based by their dual threat at tight end of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.
The Eagles will be without Casey Matthews, which is unfortunate because he won’t get a better test at shedding blocks or covering tight ends down the field.
Reid explained what the Eagles will be up against when they face Gronkowski and Hernandez on Monday.
“Your safeties and your linebackers, that’s a big challenge. That’s the primary part of their offense … you’ve gotta be disciplined, it’ll be great for Kendricks, he’s a young guy, it’ll be a great experience for him,” Reid said.