Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel was a late addition to the Week 4 NFL injury report with a thigh injury on Friday. He was limited in practice and is questionable for the game against the New England Patriots at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Georgia Dome.
It appears he won’t be able to go tonight:
ATL inactives: CB Asante Samuel, S Kemal Ishmael, RB Steven Jackson, LB J. Chaney, G H. Gunn, OT R. Schraeder, DT T. Robertson #NEvsATL
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 29, 2013
Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was limited in practice Friday, and it appears as though the injury flared-up late in the week. A similar thigh injury sidelined him against the New Orleans Saints three weeks ago.
Samuel was originally drafted by the Patriots in 2003, played five seasons there while notching 22 interceptions and helping lead the Patriots to a pair of Super Bowl titles, and was lookimg forward to facing his old teammate in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:
“We had a lot of battles,” Samuel told reporters Thursday. “He loves to try to be perfect as possible, and the way he prepares every day is true professionalism. He has the total package.”
“He reads coverages, he makes the right plays, he positions the balls correctly, he throws the deep ball,” Samuel said. “You just got to prepare, be ready for a guy … you’re going to play against one of the best, and the execution and tempo is going to be unbelievable so don’t be shocked.”