Nnamdi Asomugha limited at practice; Hanson and Dixon leave early

Nnamdi Asomugha, right, will return to practice Thursday. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Nnamdi Asomugha left Thursday's practice early because of a sore neck. The Eagles cornerback participated in the early, individual-drill portion of practice, but left before the more strenuous team drills. Asomugha had whiplash symptoms and a lacerated lip after he collided with Nate Allen on Monday.

He did not practice Tuesday and the Eagles had off Wednesday. Curtis Marsh has taken some repetitions in Asomugha's place, but he's still coming back from a hamstring injury. Brandon Hughes has also played some at right cornerback.

Joselio Hanson left practice with a dislocated right pinky finger. Rookie Brandon Boykin stepped up in his place at nickel corner.

Antonio Dixon left with a left triceps spasm. The defensive tackle tore his left triceps last October and did not play the rest of the year after he was placed on Injured Reserve.


Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will practice on Thursday after missing Tuesday's practice with whiplash and a lacerated lip suffered on Monday. Asomugha avoided a major scare when his head collided in safety Nate Allen, but the injury did not keep him out for long.

The Eagles are still missing defensive end Jason Babin (calf), wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone) and linebacker Casey Matthews.

 Matthews underwent and MRI and it was revealed that he has a high-ankle sprain. Coach Andy Reid said it's not a severe high ankle sprain, but it's an injury that will keep Matthews out of practice.

Reid said "there's a chance" Babin can play in the final preseason game.

"One thing you don't want to do, and you see this a lot, guys rush back, a calf injury, and they strain it again," Reid said. "You don't want to put him in a position where that happens."

**Reid revealed the playing time for Monday's game against the Patriots. The starters will play a half and possibly into the third quarter. "This will be the game they play the most in in the preseason," Reid said. 

Reid said there will be a little more game-planning for Monday. It's not like a regular season game, but will be more than what was in place last week against the Steelers.

**The Eagles are conducting Wednesday's practice similar to an in-season Wednesday practice. Friday will be comparable to a Thursday. The first-team offense and first-team defense will receive most the reps during practice.

**Reid said there's a chance quarterback Mike Kafka could play in the final preseason game. His fractured left hand underwent an additional X-ray and it was not displaced, which was a concern.

"It's a little bit of a stretch, but we'll see," Reid said.