Reid calls Asante issue a family spat

Asante Samuel voiced his unhappiness about being on the trade block. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he expected Asante Samuel to play well Sunday in the aftermath of Samuel's midweek outburst.

In his Friday news conference, Reid compared the situation to a family dispute.

"I sit here with five kids, and it’s a family, so things happen, that happens, so you discuss it, you communicate, which is important with any relationship," he said. "I obviously could have done a way better job of communicating than I did, and so we move on. We fix it and we move on."

Obviously, Reid said he and Samuel had talked earlier in the week and were moving on, before Samuel unleashed his criticism. Yesterday, Samuel was not very talkative. "Come to work. Do my job. Clock in. Clock out. Beat Dallas."

Reid declined to elaborate on the matter beyond his statement issued Wednesday afternoon, but did again tell reporters, "I mean you guys know this as well as anybody, that Joe, Howie, and I have a very good relationship."


Everyone on the Eagles injury report is listed a probable: S Nate Allen (knee), DE Trent Cole (calf), T King Dunlap (back), T Winston Justice (knee), DE Juqua Parker (ankle), T Jason Peters (hamstring), DE Darryl Tapp (pectoral). No one was listed as limited in practice.

Reid said the only decision involves whether to activate Brandon Graham. That has to be done by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles would then have to release a player from the 53-man roster to make room for Graham. The Eagles have 21 days from last Monday to make a decision on Graham's status.

"I’m going to go look at the film, is really what I’m going to do," Reid said. "He did a little bit better yesterday than he did on Wednesday. So I’ll see how he held up today and go from there.”


Reid said he did not expect there to be any limitations on a returning Trent Cole at defensive end. Reid said the team will continue to rotate its defensive linemen, as usual. "He's ready to go," Reid said.

"He’s a Pro Bowl player and that’s what he’s been year, after year, after year, and he brings a lot of energy to our football team, and so to have him back is a good thing," Reid said. "You add him into the mix, that’s a healthy thing.”


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