SamuelBellThe Beast is currently operating out of our Albany, N.Y., bureau, but we're still keeping an eye on the rest of the division. The Philadelphia Eagles had two more players carted off the field Sunday, both due to hamstring injuries. Cornerback Asante Samuel and running back Mike Bell suffered hamstring injuries the day after Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson went down with a back injury.
By the time we make it to Lehigh on Tuesday, coach Andy Reid may have to shut things down. This is the second straight year the Eagles have battled injury problems early in camp. But I will say that Samuel provided one of his most memorable quotes when asked when he might return.
"I'm not a mad scientist," Samuel said after practice. "I might be out there tomorrow."
And for those of us who rushed to judgment about Samuel perhaps being a "mad scientist," I think an apology is in order. Samuel rarely addresses reporters, so it's helpful that he brought some clarity to the situation. In other injury news, guard Max Jean-Gilles (dehydration) and center A.Q. Shipley (ankle) also left practice with injuries. Without a mad scientist on hand, it's unclear how much time they will miss.
The Beast will continue to monitor this situation from Albany.