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November 27 Camden Courier-Post:
“It’s becoming a rite of passage late in an NFL season that players are banged up and tired from a long season.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is no different.
He has suffered his share of bumps and bruises this season, even playing through a broken rib without missing a game earlier in the season. He is playing through an ailing shoulder now.
It doesn’t help that the Eagles, who play the Chicago Bears this weekend, are in a stretch in which they will have played four games in 17 days after their game next Thursday against the Houston Texans.
“I’m banged up, but I’ve got to play,” McCoy said. “[The shoulder] wasn’t hurt where I couldn’t play [last week], so I played.”
The Eagles are glad he did.
It was McCoy’s 50-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter last Sunday that put the Eagles back in front of the Giants. His 40-yard run with 2:48 left set up the game-clinching field goal in the Eagles‘ 27-17 win.
Those two runs accounted for all but 21 of McCoy’s 111 yards rushing on just 14 carries. He also caught five passes for 29 yards.”
November 27 Camden Courier-Post:
“Asante Samuel didn’t practice on Friday while nursing his sprained knee, but Eagles coach Andy Reid won’t rule him out for the Eagles game Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
The same goes for defensive end Juqua Parker (hip), who also didn’t practice Friday, and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (abdominal strain), who took part in a portion of practice.
“These guys are all day-to-day,” Reid said. “So I haven’t made up my mind which ones, if any, will travel. As of [Friday], they’re traveling, so we’ll just see what happens.”
The three were listed as questionable for the game Sunday.
Samuel and Parker have not practiced all week.
Rookie Brandon Graham would most likely start in Parker’s place if Parker can’t play. And Joselio Hanson would likely start for Samuel if he’s not ready. Reid said Brodrick Bunkley, who shares the position with Dixon, would get the majority of the snaps at defensive tackle.
But it seems like Dixon is the closest to returning considering that he took part in a portion of practice.
“He felt better [Friday] than he did [Thursday],” Reid said. “So he made a big jump. I’m optimistic. He was out there to get the mental reps and make sure that he knew what he was doing there.””
November 27 Philadelphia Daily News:
“JOSELIO HANSON has done this before. Fifteen starts in an Eagles career that dates to 2006, some just because the defense opened in “nickel,” others because of injury to usual starters.
Maybe a lot of fans know him only as the guy who got suspended for the NFC Championship Game at Arizona last year for something he said was in his Chinese takeout, but Hanson is one of the longest-serving Eagles now, a role player with tenure.
“We did a new deal [6 years, $15 million] for him last year, so we felt good about him,” coach Andy Reid said yesterday. “He’s had opportunities to fill in at the corner spot as a starter and done a nice job. And then, he’s our starting nickel back. So we obviously have a lot of confidence in him and feel good about him being in there, if needed.”
It sure looked yesterday as if Hanson would be needed. The Birds concluded their practice week without Asante Samuel ever stepping on the field, after straining his left medial collateral ligament Sunday against the Giants. Officially, Samuel is “questionable,” as are defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (who left Thanksgiving practice with an abdominal strain) and defensive end Juqua Parker, who aggravated his hip flexor injury against the Giants and did not practice this week.”
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