'I should have some good news these next coming days. Time to get to work!' - Tweet from Asante Samuel minutes after the Eagles lost to the Bears.
Good news for Asante Samuel means good news for the Eagles, for defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and, especially, for the Eagles' defensive backs.
Samuel watched the Eagles' 31-26 loss from his home. A sprained left medial collateral ligament suffered a week earlier sidelined him. Samuel said he hurt his knee returning his second interception of that game, which gave him a league-high seven picks and almost assuredly set him toward a fourth straight Pro Bowl.
Samuel might have played last night, but it seemed wiser, surely, to let him miss the game against the Bears and rest his knee for a full 10 days. He then could play Thursday against the Texans and their superior passing attack. He then could get 9 more days of rest before heading to Dallas.
The Eagles defense didn't look so great against the Bears last week so the presence of Samuel should help things out this Thursday night against the Texans. Houston could be without stud WR Andre Johnson as well, making the Birds defense an attractive play as we head down the stretch.