It was, Asante Samuel said yesterday, "the worst pain I've ever experienced."
During Monday night's Eagles loss to the Bears, the Eagles' corner went over an upended lineman. The lineman's cleats caught Samuel in the, ah, midsection. He left the game briefly before returning. The Eagles termed the problem a "groin laceration."
Samuel was a limited practice participant Thursday with the injury, which he said did not require stitches. But he was a full participant today, as the Birds wrapped up preparation for Sunday's encounter with the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
Not practicing and listed as "out" for the Arizona game, as expected, are guard Evan Mathis and safety Nate Allen. Mathis has a toe problem which he told reporters this week is not exactly turf toe, but is in that neighborhood. Allen suffered a concussion when he banged helmets with a Cards lineman early in Monday's game. Allen and Eagles coach Andy Reid said he should be able to play next week against the Giants.
Defensive end Juqua Parker is listed as "questionable" as he works through that persistent high ankle sprain. Parker practiced fully today.
Wideout Jeremy Maclin said fans should understand the Birds are not happy being 3-5 midway through their season. "Nobody is hurting worse than this locker room," he said.
Maclin also provided what might eventually serve as the eptitaph for this Eagles team: "If the games were played on paper, we wouldn't lose to anybody,' he said. "But the games aren't played on paper."
DeSean Jackson said he feels he has been putting forth his best effort. He has caught just eight passes for 93 yards the past three games, and his fumbled punt led to a Bears touchdown Monday night.
"Of course, everybody in this locker room can say there's something they can get better at, so I'm not sitting here saying there's nothing I can get better at, but at the end of the day, I'm putting my best effort up and I'm trying my hardest," he said.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said he did a few charity events a while back for Second Mile, the organization founded by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with using the charity to abuse children. Reid said he did not know until the Sandusky scandal erupted that he was listed on an honorary board on Second Mile's web site. He said all the honorary board members' names have been taken down from that site.
Reid confirmed that Sandusky sometimes came to Eagles practices and games when his son Jon worked for the Eagles as a scout and eventually pro personnel director. Reid said he didn't know if Jerry Sanudsky ever brought children with him to Eagles events.