When Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha collided with safety Nate Allen in practice and laid on the ground for several minutes with virtually no movement, it looked like Asomugha may have suffered a major injury.
That would have been the last thing the Eagles need, as the team enters 2012 with its pass defense still a question mark, particularly the safeties.
But Asomugha turned out to be completely fine, as an Eagles spokesman revealed that the cornerback did not suffer from any concussion symptoms.
Earlier reports on Twitter that Asomugha had been knocked unconscious were incorrect as well.
He did suffer a lip laceration and a sore neck, and he was carted off the field for the last hour of practice.
He was replaced at right cornerback by veteran Joselio Hanson.
It has not yet been announced whether Asomugha will be at practice tomorrow, but he has been cleared to play, and the important aspect is that he will not miss any significant time.
Asomugha is not a player the Eagles can afford to lose this season. Although the 31-year old had a disappointing 2011 season after a massive contract in the offseason, he is expected to fully bounce back with a dominant 2012 season. He is easily the most important member of the Eagles’ secondary, and is arguably the most important member on the defense for the Eagles in 2012.
Had Asomugha suffered a concussion, it would have been his second in the past eight months. he suffered one in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on December 1st and left the game early.
But he did not miss a game, largely because the Eagles did not play again until 10 days later, on December 11th, against the New England Patriots. (Asomugha was, however, limited in that game.)
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.