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Eagles’ injuries on offense overshadow mess in secondary

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Most of the talk in recent days regarding the Eagles has centered on the availability of key offensive players.  But there are a couple of injuries in the defensive secondary that deserve nearly as much attention, especially with Philly hosting Tom Brady and the high-octane Patriots.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms that quarterback Mike Vick (ribs) will miss his second straight game, and that receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is listed as doubtful with shoulder and hamstring injuries, also won’t play.  The good news is that receiver DeSean Jackson is probable with a foot injury, meaning that he’s virtually certain to play.

On defense, however, two of the team’s three Pro Bowl-caliber corners could miss the game.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t play last weekend with a high ankle sprain, and Nnamdi Asomugha went down on Thursday with a knee injury.

Per McLane, Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t expected to play.  If Asomugha can’t go, Brandon Hughes will get the start at right corner, with Asante Samuel starting on the left side in his first game against his former team.

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  1. johnnyshore says: Nov 26, 2011 9:45 PM

    Let’s be honest here, Philly’s secondary has been terrible. If anything, this might be good for Philly. The big names haven’t exactly lived up to expectations in the eagles’ secondary this year.

  2. pabillsfan says: Nov 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    Dallas sucks.

  3. 6ball says: Nov 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    .
    ” if Asomugha can’t go, Brandon Hughes will start …”

    Brandon Hughes = dream teamer

    .

  4. njbucsfan says: Nov 26, 2011 9:53 PM

    Eagles suck so who cares

  5. gcsuk says: Nov 26, 2011 10:01 PM

    pabillsfan says:
    Nov 26, 2011 9:49 PM
    Dallas sucks.
    ——————————————————–
    Thanks for adding that incredible insight to the conversation.

  6. nastyiggles says: Nov 26, 2011 10:03 PM

    My Friend Chad Fish of CT thinks the pats are going to win by 34…we hit brady in the mouth will be ok

  7. bigshirk says: Nov 26, 2011 10:05 PM

    Philly Sucks More

  8. dogluverssuck says: Nov 26, 2011 10:10 PM

    What’s more sad is Vick is the last qb to win a playoff game for Atlanta.

  9. 8man says: Nov 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    Well every time New England’s defense loses a player to injury they seem to play better.

    But doesn’t it always seem that when a quality team has everything working against them they find a way to put in a quality effort?

    No idea who’ll win, but this game will be close. And screw the Giants! It’s a hatred that Iggles and Patriots fan share.

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Nov 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    The Gronk is salivating!!!

  11. zonedogz says: Nov 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    Dream Team = Nightmare Season for Philly fans.

  12. profootballwalk says: Nov 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    Asante ‘Manos de Piedra’ Samuel?

  13. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 26, 2011 10:47 PM

    No, the secondary mess isn’t overshadowed…

    It’s been very clear for a while now.

    And they will be writing checks for it for years to come…..

  14. localbandhero says: Nov 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    IT’S OK GUYS!

    Ocho Cinco won’t be playing. WHEW!

  15. kelvinmchale says: Nov 26, 2011 10:59 PM

    Pats are due for a nice road NFC blowout (see Bears and Lions games from last year.) Pats win 45-13.

  16. myboireggie says: Nov 26, 2011 11:16 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  17. eagleswin says: Nov 26, 2011 11:55 PM

    Until the Eagles coaching staff starts using schemes that play to the players strengths it wouldn’t matter if they were healthy. Playing some of the premiere man to man corners in a zone defense all day long is a big part of the eagles problem. Promoting an offensive line coach to defensive coordinator when it’s clear he is learning on the job and unable to make adjustments is another.

  18. flyeaglesfly13 says: Nov 26, 2011 11:58 PM

    Just when this team was finally starting to click, injuries set us back

  19. cfh666 says: Nov 27, 2011 1:09 AM

    This team is a huge bunch of underachievers and the best part is at 4-6 they still think they are a good team. They will probably keep the coaching staff after going 6-10, lose a bunch of free agents, franchise tag Desean and go 7-9 next year and still not blow this mess up…Eagles just suck!

  20. gcsuk says: Nov 27, 2011 1:09 AM

    flyeaglesfly13 says:
    Nov 26, 2011 11:58 PM
    Just when this team was finally starting to click, injuries set us back
    ———————————————————-
    Please don’t start playing the “injury card”. Every team has injuries…nobody is feeling sorry for the Eagles.

  21. norcalmafia says: Nov 27, 2011 1:34 AM

    The Eagles may not be that good but there entertaining to watch…alot better than that horror show in Denver..

  22. derekjetersmansion says: Nov 27, 2011 1:59 AM

    @ 8man

    DRC didn’t play against the Giants. Best game of the year. Coincidence?

  23. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 27, 2011 2:04 AM

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hasn’t been a Pro-Bowl level cornerback in years.

    He’s one of the worst CBs in the league at this point.

  24. lilrob10201 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:09 AM

    njbucsfan says:
    Nov 26, 2011 9:53 PM
    Eagles suck so who cares
    ———————————-
    You have no room to talk because you are a Bucs fan.

  25. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 27, 2011 3:54 AM

    These clowns are a joke.

  26. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Nov 27, 2011 4:10 AM

    Glad Asante didn’t work out well as trade bait…

  27. bobleblah says: Nov 27, 2011 4:39 AM

    Eagles will win this game.

  28. davesbeard says: Nov 27, 2011 5:32 AM

    Hanson is better than DRC in the slot anyway, Asomugha has been ok but if Hughes plays a decent game I don’t think it’s gonna make all that much difference.

  29. waltdawg says: Nov 27, 2011 7:23 AM

    Eagles are awful…Playing scrubs is more the style on this team.

  30. mikeyveli says: Nov 27, 2011 7:43 AM

    Oh don’t give me that injury bug crap.

    Pats are not dressing their starting CB, their best safety, their starting middle linebacker, their backup middle linebacker, their starting “backup” center.

    Not only that, their star studded reciever Ocho is also not dressed………well in this case it’s actually a good thing.

  31. drednot says: Nov 27, 2011 7:59 AM

    Watching NFL Matchup…they think eagles / pats is a bigger game than saints / giants. I disagree…what do you guys think?

  32. sonopazzo6 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:16 AM

    Hey Gesuk…….just so you know…….there is never an inappropriate time to say…..DALLAS SUCKS!!

  33. j0esixpack says: Nov 27, 2011 8:20 AM

    A Secondary needs to learn to play as a team. No matter how big or small the names are they all have a role to play and are weakened when big names gamble in hopes of getting on the highlight film.

    The Patriots have jettisoned nearly every recognizable name and are playing better than ever.

    Its the large egos on Philly that’s been their undoing.

  34. tombrookshire says: Nov 27, 2011 8:21 AM

    However, DRC checked out after the Cowboy game and NA has hardly been a factor all season, due to the fact that his DC started out the season playing him zone, not his natural scheme. NA has since given up on the season prob. out of frustration. Lots of rumors that players don’t respect the DC and are playing for HC.

  35. CKL says: Nov 27, 2011 8:27 AM

    Haven’t watched Matchup yet but I would think their reasoning could be that if the Pats can win this one, it makes the NFC East a 2 team race for sure whereas Saints-NYG loser is still in it?
    Vick never plays against the Pats. He basically begged out his last chance in 05. Too bad because in that game, the 05 Pats defense gave Schaub his big contract opportunity in Hou. As bad of a passer as Vick was then, he may have had a chance to have a good day.

  36. deenice810 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:38 AM

    If they don’t get pressure on Brady this could get real ugly for the Eagles.

  37. b1gwin says: Nov 27, 2011 8:44 AM

    flyeaglesfly13 says:Nov 26, 2011 11:58 PM

    Just when this team was finally starting to click, injuries set us back

    This is one of the dumbest posts ever made by mankind. This is an underachieving and leaderless team. Philly fans are just plain dumb.

  38. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Nov 27, 2011 8:49 AM

    zonedogz says:
    Nov 26, 2011 10:21 PM
    Dream Team = Nightmare Season for Philly fans.

    Very creative….haven’t heard this witty word play yet.

  39. laeaglefan says: Nov 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    Brandon Hughes will make or break his place in Eagles folklore in this game.

  40. rugdaniels says: Nov 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    I’ll pay attention to the Eagles when the string together more than 2 wins in a row, something they’ve done ONCE this season.

    No other sub .500 team gets this much ink, it’s ridiculous.

  41. tigrrrr says: Nov 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    vickadelphiaphreedom
    Nov 27, 2011, 8:49 AM EST
    zonedogz says:
    Nov 26, 2011 10:21 PM
    Dream Team = Nightmare Season for Philly fans.

    Very creative….haven’t heard this witty word play yet.
    ————————

    Even though its old , its SO true!!
    Eagles are the joke of the nfl.

  42. thebeasttcoast says: Nov 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    As long as the eagles DL can get pressure this will be a solid game to watch

  43. cleverbob says: Nov 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    b1gwin says:
    Nov 27, 2011 8:44 AM

    flyeaglesfly13 says:Nov 26, 2011 11:58 PM

    Just when this team was finally starting to click, injuries set us back

    This is one of the dumbest posts ever made by mankind. This is an underachieving and leaderless team. Philly fans are just plain dumb.
    =====================================

    And that guy is representative of every single fan in Philadelphia. Where do you rate yourself on this intelligence scale?

  44. greymares says: Nov 27, 2011 10:17 AM

    not concerned it’s only the Patriots.

  45. edhochuli says: Nov 27, 2011 12:23 PM

    “sonopazzo6 says:Nov 27, 2011 8:16 AM

    Hey Gesuk…….just so you know…….there is never an inappropriate time to say…..DALLAS SUCKS!!”

    How about when your joke of a team is looking up at Dallas in the division standings? I guess games against Dallas are what Philly fans have to hang their hat on since they have no clue what a Super Bowl win feels like.

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