Asante Questionable; Nixon to Shippensburg?

Their was no media access to the Eagles today, but the final injury report lists corner Asante Samuel as "questionable." Samuel was a limited participant in Monday and Tuesday workouts. After Tweeting enthusiastically Sunday evening about "good news," Samuel was less than optimistic following his practice attempts. He'll probably be the focus of pregame warmups for reporters.

Interesting dilemma there, in that the Birds' secondary was drastically less effective against the Bears without Samuel, failing to intercept a pass for the first time this season, and Andre Johnson is a seriously talented wideout (and pugilist). But the Eagles have a week and a half  break after this game, and if resting Samuel through that period will get him back 100 percent for the stretch drive, that might be the way to go.

As expected, DE Juqua Parker remains "out." Parker, who aggravated a hip injury against the Giants, did not practice this week or last week. WR Riley Cooper, who has not practiced with a knee injury, is questionable.

After the Eagles slipped and stumbled on the poor Soldier Field surface last week, it'll be interesting to see if the Linc looks any better tomorrow night, following today's soaking rains. Forecast for gametime is clear and cold, temps in the mid-30s.

While the Eagles were asked quite a bit after the game about the Soldier Field conditions, they all rightly said that both teams had to play on the same surface. That didn't stop former Bears coach Mike Ditka from saying that the field should not be an excuse.

"We heard about the bad field and all this, stop it," Ditka said on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago. "Everybody plays on the same field. You're a hockey team, you play on the same ice. This is a joke. If you don't understand it, get longer cleats. Just play football. If you don't know how to run, if you don't know how to plant, then you'll have a problem. But the field is the field. What are you going to do, change the field? That's all they've got in Chicago."

Texans are a hot weather domeish team (their stadium has a retractable roof). But West Chester East's Matt Schaub has played in chilly weather before.


Eagles assistant Jeff Nixon, who helps out with running backs and special teams duties, is one of seven candidates for the head coaching job at Shippensburg, according to the school's Website. Nixon, 36, who played at Penn State and West Virginia, got his masters from Shippensburg, where he coached running backs from 1999-2002.


Today is DeSean Jackson's 24th birthday and he took to Twitter to celebrate with three messages posted late last night:

Dec 1st 1986 A young Star/Legend was born.... I'm here to stay foe the long run.... And I'm gettn it!! Skys the limit!!

Ima SELF MADE FROM THA BOTTOM UP!! Came from nuthn to something!! Don't try'n take my shine!! JACCPOT ENT CEO!! THE MOVEMENT IS NON STOP!!!! 

Put a toast up foe ya boy!! Made it 2 see another day 24!!!!! Ayyyyyyye maaaaaaan!!!! God is great!! I'm blessed to live this bosses life