Cornerback Asante Samuel missed practice for the second straight day due to a knee sprain that he suffered in last week's win over the Giants.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said that Samuel is "day-to-day" and that head coach Andy Reid would have a better idea of Samuel's status on Friday. Reid said on Wednesday that Joselio Hanson would take the practice reps in Samuel's absence and start if he can't play. McDermott explained that while it would be tough to replace Samuel's production, he has a lot of confidence in the veteran nickel cornerback.
"You're talking about a lot of production there. When they're throwing the ball around, he's nice to have on the field obviously. He's a great player, one of the best corners in the league if not the best. There's a lot of production," McDermott said. "With that said, we have a lot of confidence in Hanson and what he can do as well."
Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions. Thanks to Samuel, the Eagles are first in the league with 19 interceptions and first with 26 total takeaways.
Also missing Thursday's practice was defensive end Juqua Parker, who has been battling a hip flexor injury. Parker was limited in the Giants game forcing rookie Brandon Graham to play more snaps. McDermott said on Thursday that Graham responded well to the challenge.
"He's playing good football and he, as well, gets more and more consistent. In each of our players you look for development and Brandon is no different," McDermott said. "It's three quarters of the way through his rookie season right now and each week he continues to improve. We saw improvement last week, some of it in the run game and some also in the pass game. We hope that this week he takes another step in that direction."
The Eagles practiced indoors on turf on Thursday and as they typically do when they go inside they reduced guard Nick Cole's work. Cole has dealt with a knee injury all season. Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was added to the injury report as a limited participant with an abdomen injury.
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-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:37 p.m., November 25