Thursday, August 16, 2012
Asomugha back at practice for Eagles
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles received good injury news Thursday with the return of star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the practice field. Asomugha cut his lip and injured his neck in a collision with safety Nate Allen in practice this week and was examined for concussion symptoms. But having found none, Eagles coach Andy Reid said, the team will return Asomugha to practice and proceed apace.
This continues a run of fairly good injury luck for the Eagles, who have suffered a large number of injuries during this training camp but don't expect any of them to threaten the regular season. Defensive end Jason Babin (calf) and backup quarterback Mike Kafka (hand) aren't likely to play until the final preseason game at the earliest, but the Eagles believe each will be back by the Sept. 9 opener in Cleveland. Other injuries, such as those to Trent Cole and Cullen Jenkins, are expected to resolve themselves sooner.
Of course, it hasn't been a totally injury-free offseason for the Eagles, who lost starting left tackle Jason Peters to an Achilles' tendon injury months ago. That left tackle spot remains unsettled, as Peters' replacement Demetress Bell struggled in the preseason opener, and has for the moment been demoted to the second-team offense while King Dunlap works with the first-teamers.
The injuries have given the Eagles a chance to try out their depth at places like defensive line, where they believe they have as many as eight or nine high-quality options. But a team with hopes as high as Philadelphia's this season needs its stars on the field. The return of Asomugha so soon after such a scary injury is an encouraging turn of events for the Eagles as they hope to get off to a good start and erase the memories of last September.