Samuel takes the day off

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Eagles cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu (right) and Joselio Hanson (left) participate in Monday's practice. They were not joined by Asante Samuel, who took the day off. (Eric Mencher/Staff Photographer)

Asante Samuel decided to take the day off today.

The Eagles' cornerback did not show up for practice at the NovaCare Complex and a team official said he took advantage of the fact that this camp is voluntary.

It's not unusual for a player to skip these voluntary camps, but it's typically done by guys who are unhappy about their contracts such as cornerback Sheldon Brown. Samuel participated in the four practices last week and his absence this morning was quite noticeable because no one can match his vocal presence on the Eagles' defense.

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Coach Andy Reid did not make any statement about Samuel's absence, but a team spokesman said the coach was disappointed. The spokesman said he didn't know if Samuel planned to miss the remaining three days of this camp.

If Samuel isn't happy about his contract, the Eagles have a real problem. They signed him as a free agent before last season, giving him a six-year, $57.14 million deal.

You can read more about Samuel's absence in tomorrow's Inquirer.

MCCOY RETURNS. After suffering a sprained left thumb Friday, running back LeSean McCoy returned to practice today.

"It felt good," he said. "They gave me some great treatment this morning. I felt good about it. It wasn't that big of a deal."

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