Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Samuel, Jackson, Justice all questionable

Corner Asante Samuel (knee) and wideout DeSean Jackson (foot) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, although both practiced today.

Samuel, Jackson, Justice all questionable

DeSean Jackson was listed as questionable for Sunday´s game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson was listed as questionable for Sunday's game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Corner Asante Samuel (knee) and wideout DeSean Jackson (foot) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, although both practiced today.

"They took the reps they needed to take," coach Andy Reid said. "It looked like they did quite a little bit of work today."

"Both of them feel a little bit better. We'll see how they do tomorrow after the work they had today."

Samuel said he felt "pretty good" but is taking it day by day. He said he is "making strides."

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Jackson repeated what he said yesterday about not letting his troops go to war without him.

"I still got two days to get ready, so I should be fine," said Jackson, NFC offensive player of the week for his 4-catch, 210-yrd performance at Dallas. "Practice today, I did some things. I feel pretty good ... I did a lot more today than yesterday.

Jackson said the main hindrance is lateral movement. "Staright ahead is not too bad. As long as I've got my long speed, I should be all right," he said.

 Right tackle Winston Justice is listed as questionable, and his situation is a bit of a mystery. (Samuel, Jackson and Justice all were listed as "limited" practice participants.) King Dunlap has taken reps with the starters all week.

"He was a little sore yesterday," Reid said of Justice. "He felt pretty good today."

Justice has insisted all week that he will play and he reiterated that today, but he also said he is not 100 percent. Justice said that last week, the coaching staff took the decision out of his hands. Could that happen again? Well, Dunlap said today he thinks he is starting against the Giants, because he took almost all the practice reps.

So, we'll see.

As expected, linebackers Stewart Bradley and Keenan Clayton are out.

Derrick Burgess took part in his third practice since rejoining the team.

"I know he's in good shape," Reid said. "He stayed after practice and took some extra reps yesterday. I was curious to see how he felt today. He felt pretty good. I want to see how feels tomorrow."

As for the weather, Reid was unconcerned. "You put your game plan together and you go play," he said.


The Giants have a lengthy list of quarterbacks whom they have knocked out of games this season, so there is no expectation that they will be looking to go easy on Michael Vick, even with all the attention on the hits Vick has been taking.

"We're going to play fair and we're going to hit him," Justin Tuck said, according to the New York Daily News. "To be honest, I'm going to err on the side of knocking him out because we've seen so many times where a guy like Vick tiptoes up the sidelines, catches his balance and keeps going for another 50. So on that situation, I'm going to hit him, simple as that."

"You just have to make sure we keep it between the lines," added safety Antrel Rolle. "We're not a dirty team but at the same time, we're a very physical team, so if he's between the lines, we're going to come after him."

"You just have to take your shot at him," Osi Umenyiora said. "I think most people try to play a little tentative when they’re playing against him and he still makes you want to throw. We have the option that everybody will cover, so hopefully if you take a shot and miss, your friends back there will be able to recover."

Added Umenyiora: "We have to win this game. I was frustrated because I thought we should have won and we gave them the game. Anytime you do that, I know how tough it is to win in this league and you don't want to give anyone the game, and that's what we did. Hopefully, if we limit a lot of the mistakes we made last time, we'll be all right."




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