Asante is tougher than most fans think…Eagles playing through the pain

When Nathalie of France asked Thursday who’s hurt on the Eagles right now, a normal question which nearly all fans ask about their team before every game, the Bored was quick to reply: “Everyone!”

Nathalie was quick to point out she knows the difference between “Hurt= not being able to play” and hurting = sore all the time, taped-up sprains, contusions, strained muscles, etc.

Taking a look at the team’s health as a whole, they’ve been fairly resilient this season.


Asante Samuel is not given enough credit for his toughness in playing through injuries. He’s played through shoulder stingers and groin dingers, as well as dislocated fingers.  Right now he says he “sore but okay”…

You get the same report on Mike Vick–  “sore but okay”… Asked if Vick’s healing cracked ribs hindered his performance last Sunday, Andy Reid got justifiably defensive about his QB’s pretty courageous effort:

“He was able to function with it, functioned well. He didn’t feel like he was hindered by it, so that was a good thing,” Reid said. “I think it was good to get Michael back in, knock some of the rust off his game.”

Vick completed just 15 of 30 passes for 208 yards. Asked whether Vick’s injury affected his passing, Reid simply answered, “No.”

In the days before the game, Vick said in order to stay on the field and avoid injuries, he would avoid contact by sliding more. He reversed his position Sunday, however, telling reporters, “I can’t slide. I’m going to play the way I play until I’m done playing the game. This is what I was born and bred to do.”

Reid said: “I don’t want him to take the big hits — that’s probably stating the obvious. Again, there’s a fine line of taking away his competitive spirit and edge, and getting him to slide. I’m sensitive to that. He believes when he has the ball in his hand, he can score every time. But I will still hammer home the point about getting yourself down and being smart — there’s a time to get yourself out of bounds, there’s a time to get down, and I figure by the time he’s 43, I’ll have that figured out for him.”

Elsewhere on the injury front, Reid said running back Ronnie Brown suffered a slight hamstring strain on the Eagles’ final offensive play. Also, offensive lineman Todd Herremans came back from Miami with a sprained ankle, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins a sprained groin, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin’s injured hamstring “tightened” during the game, forcing him to the sidelines.

Also, wide receiver Steve Smith, who was scratched Sunday after his surgically repaired left knee swelled up on the plane ride to Florida, was placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed he had a severe bone bruise. The Eagles signed defensive tackle Cedric Thornton off the practice squad, in part due to the injuries to Jenkins and Darryl Tapp, who suffered a fractured rib on the fourth-quarter safety that ended the Eagles’ scoring.

X-rays on Tapp in Miami on Sunday were negative, but an MRI on Monday revealed the injury.

More updates to come…

Thomas Jackson

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Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.