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Eagles rule out Asante Samuel for Cowboys game

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On paper, the Eagles have three quality cornerbacks. The Cowboys have three quality wide receivers.

Philadelphia will head into their rematch with Dallas a little short-handed in coverage.

The team announced on Friday that Asante Samuel will miss Philly’s win-or-else game. Or at least it will be win-or-else for the Eagles if the Giants lose early Saturday.

If the Giants beat the Jets, the Cowboys-Eagles game will be pretty inconsequential. The Eagles would be out of the playoff mix, and the Cowboys will still need to beat the Giants in Week 17 to win the division.

Should the Giants win, the only playoff implications will be Dallas’ bid to stay alive for a Wild Card spot they aren’t likely to earn if they finish at 9-7.  The odds on two NFC East teams making the playoffs is very slim.

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32 Responses to “Eagles rule out Asante Samuel for Cowboys game”
  1. thetroofishere says: Dec 23, 2011 11:31 AM

    Now, if they could rule out Shady…sigh

  2. joetoronto says: Dec 23, 2011 11:31 AM

    He wasn’t going to tackle anyone anyway.

  3. fthrvic says: Dec 23, 2011 11:37 AM

    Cant wait to see DRC fall on his face when he’s forced to rise to the occasion.

  4. greymares says: Dec 23, 2011 11:44 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 23, 2011 11:31 AM
    He wasn’t going to tackle anyone anyway
    that is a big misconception watch the game instead of listening to the media. in the open field he tackles as good as most corners.

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 23, 2011 11:47 AM

    The Eagles don’t use their stud corners effectively anyway, so it doesn’t really matter if Asante plays. I think I remember Jaiquawn Jarrett covering Larry Fitzgerald in week ten. Meanwhile Asante and Nnamdi were on Larod Stephens-Howling and Early Doucet. It worked out real well for them.

    Hate to tell ya Eagles fans, but this late season run is ensuring you another year of Juan Castillo and Andy Reid.

  6. scoob766 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:51 AM

    Uhh I am a niners fan, but all these comments are you guys forgetting the eagles gave the cowboys a rectal pounding last game. It wasn’t even close, put haynesworth at cb for the eagles and they still would have beat the boys. Just saying.

  7. zibikbeer says: Dec 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    asante, please c

  8. zibikbeer says: Dec 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    ome back to new england. thank you

  9. stevemcguigan says: Dec 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    DRC will be fine as he will be playing outside, instead of being forced into the slot position where he has stated multiple times he doesn’t feel comfortable.

  10. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 23, 2011 11:53 AM

    That sucks, but I’m excited to check out DRC out on the edge. Hanson is a pretty decent slot guy, so we should they alright there.

  11. myvickinabox14 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:02 PM

    Hanson is no slouch

  12. drew05 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:05 PM

    Teams familiar with the Ealges take advntage of Asante…like the ‘Boys.

    Not that I wish anyone harm, ever…but, WR screens, swing passes to the RB…screen plays to the TE/RB…Off tackle runs, Sweeps….ALL to Asante’s side….

    Those are the things the Cowboys, and anyone who wants to have success… do to the Eagles.

    I understand DRC isn’t a physical player either…but he won’t run away.

    For a good laugh, go watch #22 when M. Lynch, or M. Turner are coming his way.

    Asante lost this team at least 2 games earlier in the season, he can’t make this team next season.

    No big loss, defense should improve.

  13. moerawn says: Dec 23, 2011 12:08 PM

    It won’t matter. They’ll never be on the field. Vick will be busy shelling the Cowboy SUCKondary.

  14. selgaeinla says: Dec 23, 2011 12:13 PM

    The Cowboys and Eagles records could be 1-13 each and this would still be a huge game. Its called a rivalry. .

  15. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 23, 2011 12:15 PM

    If you’re still alive in your fantasy league and you have Jason Witten, start him.

  16. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 23, 2011 12:17 PM

    And the GIANTS will rule the eiggles out of the playoffs!

  17. mad55555 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:17 PM

    This is actually a blessing in disguise. Asante does not play man. He does not tackle and he basically can not cover a wr very long. This means the Defense usually plays zone and gets burned sometimes. All he does GREAT is jump routes for ints. DRC can play man, is the 2nd fastest player on the team and is 6′ 2″ in height. He was a probowler in AZ, he’s still young, he has not lost that ability. DRC had a down yr. because he played slot all season. The Defense will play man most of the game and DRC and Namdi will shut down and shut up the cowtreads. 44-6 anyone?

  18. bobbyhoying says: Dec 23, 2011 12:22 PM

    And the Cowboys running back is whom? Time to t-off on Choke-O.

  19. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 23, 2011 12:23 PM

    DRC meet Dez Bryant…

    As much as this looks like one for the Eagles…Cowboys will pull this one out and lock up the East when the Giants lose to the Jets

  20. dant10 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:27 PM

    @joetoronto Even if he doesn’t tackle anyone Romo would be scared to throw his way, Asante would pick him off! DRC has gotta step up though, I think he will

  21. bhindenemylines says: Dec 23, 2011 12:27 PM

    What about Nnamdi? He’s been banged up lately.

    If he is still not 100%, the Cowboys might be able to make a game of this one.

  22. jh500 says: Dec 23, 2011 1:18 PM

    As long as Tony Romo chokes and blows a huge lead, I will be satisfied.

  23. itsmammoth says: Dec 23, 2011 1:27 PM

    Oh, you know… missing Miles Austin, Sean Lee, and Mike Jenkins wasn’t a big deal last time they played either.

  24. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 23, 2011 1:54 PM

    34-7 people. They don’t need Asante to win. McCoy will be in beast mode. Vick too fast for the LBs and the secondary stinks too. Romo will be under heavy pressure all day so an int or 2 is possible.

  25. greymares says: Dec 23, 2011 1:57 PM

    eigglesnosuperbowls says:
    Dec 23, 2011 12:17 PM
    And the GIANTS will rule the eiggles out of the playoffs
    i do expect that next week when they fold to the Cowboys.

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    the only way the Giants do anything to effect the Eagles playoff hope is if/when they get spanked by dallas in week 17..

    dallas & the giants do nothing but collapse..

    even with andy as coach,, we have DOMINATED THIS DIVISION for the past 10 years…

    imagine if we had a real coach..

    i look forward to wacthing a COWBOY/GIANT free post season..

    get real fellas

  27. teachmehowtostasche says: Dec 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    @itsmammoth Are you really a Cowboys fan? Because all three of those guys played against Philly. Just Sayin.

  28. howley1 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:45 PM

    I hate to have to be the one to overstate the obvious, but the Eagles are 6-8 for a reason, and that reason is Mike Vick. He’s a turnover machine.

  29. sudsadelphia says: Dec 23, 2011 5:10 PM

    I love watching the comments slowly turn into the same old slander every single time they mention the Eagles on PFT.

    Conversation starts on topic, slowly moves to the coaches, slowly moves to players potential, slowly moves to our bad record and then finally it lands on Vick for having alot of turn overs this year. Even though this topic has absolutely NOTHING to do with Vick, what Asante Samuel or DRC bring to the table has absolute zero to do with Vicks turnover %.

    This is the part where you start using not-so-clever word play about ‘dream teams’ and SB wins.

  30. sudsadelphia says: Dec 23, 2011 5:20 PM

    Btw just to humor you heres a list of the quarterbacks with more INTs than Vick: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rex Grossman, Josh Freeman, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Matt Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer.

    So do these guys suck too or is it a standard that only applies to Vick?

  31. omegaichiban says: Dec 23, 2011 5:43 PM

    Samuel is decent at off/man coverage. He will tackle if the carrier is already engaged, or not looking. You can find tons of footage where he is either dodging contact or making a pathetic effort. DRC on the outside and Hanson in the slot. If NNamdi can lock up 88, should be a win.

  32. jucam1 says: Dec 24, 2011 12:08 AM

    All this hate for the Birds…… Good, they embrace it from you cowards, internet strong-men, and the lowest form of human being…(Cowgirl fans

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