Asomugha, who injured his knee in Thursday’s practice, also did not practice Friday. But the team has deemed him healthy enough to start this afternoon's game. It's a critical break for an Eagles' pass defense that already will be without injured cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and likely couldn't have withstood the Tom Brady's aerial assault minus two of its big three cornerbacks.
The Eagles will be shorthanded offensively, however, as starting quarterback Michael Vick will miss his second straight game with broken ribs and leading receiver Jeremy Maclin will sit out again with hamstring and shoulder injuries. Vince Young will make his second straight start at quarterback for the Eagles, who hope Vick will be healthy enough to start Thursday night against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who missed some practice time with a foot injury this week, is active and will start. Riley Cooper gets the start at the other wide receiver spot in place of Maclin. The Patriots have the 32nd-ranked pass defense in the NFL, so it's possible the Eagles' backups could be productive in this one.