Saturday, December 20, 2014

Asomugha has leg inflammation; Harris still at RT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Nnamdi Asomugha missed most of Saturday's practice with an unidentified injury, but the Eagles apparently thought it wasn't serious enough to add the cornerback to the injury list.

Asomugha has leg inflammation; Harris still at RT

Nnamdi Asomugha missed practice with leg inflammation.  (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Nnamdi Asomugha missed practice with leg inflammation. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Nnamdi Asomugha missed most of Saturday's practice with an unidentified injury, but the Eagles apparently thought it wasn't serious enough to add the cornerback to the injury list.

A day and missed practice later, Asomugha is on the list with an upper leg inflammation. "Just a bit of soreness. We'll work through that," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Might be a day or two."

Trent Cole had an elbow injury and missed Sunday morning's practice. Reid said the defensive end would be back in a day.

The Eagles had no update on defensive tackle Mike Patterson's condition. Reid said that Patterson, who had a seizure last week and is believed to have an arteriovenous malformation near his brain, would resume testing on Monday. Reid also had nothing new regarding wide receiver Jeremy Maclin's illness. He said Maclin was still undergoing testing.

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"Once the tests are all in that I'll let you know," Reid said. (We're waiting ...)

Cornerback Nate Allen (knee), who sat out Saturday, returned to practice but did not participate in every phase. "We're just being smart with him," Reid said of Allen, who had knee surgery to correct a ruptured patellar tendon in December.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (knee), cornerback Jorrick Calvin (elbow) and running back Dion Lewis (ankle) also returned. Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove left practice early with cramps. Cornerback Isaiah Trufant dislocated his finger and it lacerated.

Defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hip) and wide receiver Sinorice Moss (slight groin strain) were still injured and missed the morning session. Reid said that tackle Winston Justice (knee), who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform List, was "not there yet." The coach that Justice could be back in "maybe a week or a couple days."

There appeared to finally be some stability at right tackle -- well, if two practices in a row can be considered stable -- with Ryan Harris starting for the second straight day.

"Our new guy got in there for two days in a row, so I guess that's saying something," Reid said of the recent free agent signing.

It’s the first time in awhile that the same player has held down blind side blocking for Michael Vick for more than just one day. Harris has looked by far the best of the bunch. While it’s still very early – he’s only been there two days – it looks like he could be a quick upgrade over Winston Justice.

Here are practice notes and observations:

-- Jim Washburn wants his defensive line to be in constant attack mode. The only problem: some are so eager that they’ve been jumping offsides on a regular basis. Jason Babin was a culprit today. So was Hargrove – who maybe expended a little too much energy yesterday. He walked to the trainer’s tent early and did not return to practice.

-- Cullen Jenkins looks very quick from the defensive tackle spot. He gave the guards trouble in one-on-one drills.

-- Vince Young has looked awful the past two days. Missing passes, slow to get the ball to open men. He also botched one hand off. To be fair, it was only his third day in practice, but he’s got a long way to go.

-- Babin rushed in untouched on Vick and knocked him down. Big no no. Got a talking to from Reid. He’s not the first D lineman to be a little too eager to hit the quarterback.

-- Juqua Parker blew past Ronnie Brown as the new running back tried to pass block.

-- Hargrove and Jenkins were the first team defensive tackles, even with Dixon (knee) back. Dixon, who was wearing a knee brace for the first time, was working with the second team, along with Derek Landri.

-- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a nifty interception off of Vick. His coverage has been superb. He has tattoos on each calf: on the left: take. On the right: off. Take Off.

-- Jason Avant quietly puts on a show each day. First he made a leaping, arms extended grab over the middle. Then he made the play of camp: a diving, full extension catch of a Vick lob for a touchdown. DRC was giving chase, but the ball was thrown out of everyone’s reach – almost.

-- New safety Jarrad Page laid a huge hit on wide receiver Rod Harper, knocking the receiver’s helmet off. Harper, though, hung on to the ball.

-- Asante Samuel had another interception off Mike Kafka. He seems to know exactly what the second-year QB is going to do.

-- Jason Kelce continues to split reps with Jamaal Jackson at center. Kelce may emerge as the surprise of training camp – the Eagles may be just trying to get him ready in case Jackson gets hurt. Or he may be pushing the veteran for his job.

-- Curtis Marsh has looked very athletic in coverage and has impressed, especially for a rookie.

-- With Cole out, the defensive linemen rotated with the first team. Babin, Darryl Tapp and Parker each got shots.

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