Ok, everyone, we can breathe again.
As it turns out, Nnamdi Asomugha, who had an absolutely wicked collision with safety Nate Allen during practice, did not suffer a concussion. However, for a few brief moments, trainers, players and coaches were concerned that a worst-case scenario may have unfolded. Following the run-in with Allen, Asomugha went down and remained motionless until team trainers rushed over to examine the extent on the injury. Trainers then put him onto a cart and took him away for evaluation.
And.. he passed his concussion test.
That’s a huge relief not only for Asomugha (as no player wants to have a history with concussions), but also for the entire Philadelphia defense. Although his first season was rocky and at times questionable, #24 is arguably the most talented defensive asset on the team. Toss out the confusion over a new playbook, lack of a training camp and an inconsistent secondary — and Asomugha could have been headed to another Pro-Bowl last season.
However, this year is much different.
Without Asante Samuel, Asomugha has taken on a full-time leadership role, and is now also the undisputed priority corner. His ability to lead by example and mentor the plethora of young players on the defense provides a value that can’t be understated. Not to mention that when looking over the Eagles’ schedule, this defense is going to be matched against some of the top quarterback-receiving duo’s in the NFL (Saints, Falcons, etc.) — and hopefully Asomugha can be the one to slow them down.
Luckily, this is nothing more than a sore neck and he should be fully prepared by the regular season, if not a later pre-season game.
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