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Samuel 'Working Every Day' To Play

Asante Samuel, who will not practice Wednesday because of a knee sprain, says he's not exactly sure when he suffered the injury, but he thinks it occurred during his second quarter fumble recovery.

"I went to pick up the ball, and as I looked at (the film), my legs got twisted up," Samuel said Wednesday. "I was on ... painkillers, so I didn't feel anything. I felt my knee giving out, but then the next day I couldn't really walk."

Samuel said it's the first instance he can remember in which the extent of an injury was not fully felt until the next day. As for whether he'll play this week, Samuel simply said he's "working every day to get back."

"He wants to play in the game," added head coach Andy Reid.

In Samuel's absence, Joselio Hanson will get the first-team reps at left cornerback, though Trevard Lindley will be worked in as well, likely in nickel situations where Hanson slides back inside.

And in the ridiculous fine department, Samuel told reporters that he received a $40,000 fine for the unnecessary roughness penalty he was called for Sunday, deemed a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. That's a tough number to understand for a guy who doesn't have a history of head-hunting, especially when contrasted with the $25,000 fine levied to Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour for punching Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger - a violation that got Seymour ejected from the game.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:20 p.m., November 24

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