Falcons Plan to Get Samuel Plenty of Rest

Falcons Plan to Get Samuel Plenty of Rest

Jay Adams

Published November 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Asante Samuel is one tough son-of-a-gun.

Bothered by a clearly painful shoulder injury the past two games, Samuel has fought through it to make some big plays and set a great example for his younger secondary counterparts with his display of toughness.

He came out of the game for a few plays Sunday but returned to make the biggest pass breakup of the game on the final play as the Bucs tried to win it all with a Hail Mary pass.

Samuel was listed as “did not participate” in Monday’s Piedmont Healthcare Injury Report, and head coach Mike Smith said after the walkthrough Monday night that the plan is to get the cornerback as much rest as they can in the short turnaround to Thursday.

“Asante has been battling through the shoulder injury the last two weeks. He missed a few snaps in this ball game and missed more in the previous game, but he’s a really tough guy as far as his pain tolerance,” Smith said. “We’re going to get him as much rest as we can over the next couple of days and get him as healthy as we can get him to play Thursday night.”

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