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Reid Says He and Asante Moving On

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he and cornerback Asante Samuel talked after Samuel's recent comments on 97.5. The Fanatic and that they are moving on.

Reid Says He and Asante Moving On

Asante Samuel and Andy Reid agreed to have no further comment on the trade talk, according to Reid. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Asante Samuel and Andy Reid agreed to have no further comment on the trade talk, according to Reid. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he and cornerback Asante Samuel talked after Samuel's recent comments on 97.5. The Fanatic and that they are moving on.

Reid said he and Samuel agreed to have no further comment. Earlier this week, Samuel laughingly told reporters that Reid had put a gag order on him.

Samuel told the radio station it was obvious the Eagles don't want him, citing reports that the team made it known he was available at the Oct. 18 trade deadline. Today, Reid tried to dismiss the significance of trade talk involving Samuel before the deadline, reiterating that everybody calls everybody.

* Reid said everyone will practice today. Trent Cole (calf) and Jason Peters (hamstring) are good to return after missing games before the bye with injuries. Reid said that Todd Herremans will remain at right tackle, with Evan Mathis at left guard, the alignment the team had prior to Peters' injury. Right tackle Winston Justice, who saw his first action of 2011 against the Redskins before the bye and played well, was asked if he is disappointed that performance didn't get him back into the lineup. "I want what's best for the team," Justice said. I'm behind the coaches' decision."

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* Reid said he will see how it goes with DE Brandon Graham this week. The Eagles have 21 days from Monday to make a decision on his status. Graham, sidelined since knee surgery last year, took part in his first practice Monday when the Eagles returned from the bye. Reid didn't rule out Graham playing this week against Dallas, but given his lengthy layoff, that seems unlikely.

* Reid said the voided trade of Ronnie Brown to the Detroit Lions would have given Brown more of an opportunity to play; he indicated that was the impetus behind the deal. Reid said Brown has been a "complete pleasure" to work with. He also wished the best to Jerome Harrison, who had surgery late last week after a brain tumor was detected during his Eagles physical after the trade.

* Reid said he thought defenses would need more time to come together than offenses after the lockout. He said we will see in the next few weeks whether that happens. He said he wants his defense to build on the confidence they have gained over the last 2 weeks and focus on the Cowboys.

*Punter Chas Henry said he wasn't surprised or dismayed to learn the Eagles worked out a couple of punters Tuesday. "That's part of the business," said Henry, who said he feels he needs to be more consistent to hold onto the job he won as a n undrafted rookie out of Florida this summer.

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