Dixon, Asomugha And Hanson Leave Practice

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Antonio Dixon.Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Dixon and Joselio Hanson all started practice Thursday afternoon at the Novacare Complex, but none of them finished.

Asomugha gave it a go, but headed back inside. He’s recovering from a sore neck and what Andy Reid called “whiplash-type symptoms” after a violent collision with Nate Allen on Monday at Lehigh.

Dixon, meanwhile, left practice because of a left triceps spasm. Last year, Dixon tore his left triceps in Week 4 against the 49ers and missed the rest of the season.

And finally, Hanson dislocated the pinky finger on his right hand.

In terms of reinforcements, the Eagles have Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri and Cedric Thornton at defensive tackle. As I wrote earlier, Dixon sits squarely on the roster bubble.

Hanson, meanwhile, has fought off Brandon Boykin for the first-team nickel corner job. If he misses time, though, the rookie will likely get some reps there.

As for Asomugha, the Eagles aren’t particularly deep at cornerback. Curtis Marsh continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Brandon Hughes will likely be the next man up if both Asomugha and Marsh miss time.

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  • ICDogg

    I really wish they would take a whiplash injury more seriously; i.e. more like a concussion.

    • BirdsFanJim

      I agree. Typically they go hand in hand – I had both from the same h to h hit I took on special teams – my head healed, but my neck has never been the same.