A bit premature to hear the whoosh of the Eagles' balloon emptying over Samuel's latest hammy injury

The hamstring injury Asante Samuel, the Eagles’ $57 million cornerback who was their prize offseason free-agent acquisition, suffered Saturday during the first practice in full pads at Lehigh hasn’t ratcheted up Andy Reid to the screaming point.
Samuel had an MRI this morning and was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hamstring. He is listed as day-to-day, but then again, aren’t we all? Samuel missed a chunk of time during the team workouts last month with a strained left hamstring.
Apparently, Samuel doesn’t have a history of trouble with his hammys. But if he does experience chronic problems with them this year, it could open a huge can of hurt. It’s tough to play cornerback in the NFL with cranky hamstrings. And the Birds ain’t paying him all that money to play croquet.
So it’s a good thing that the Eagles couldn’t find a team willing to trade for defrocked and disgruntled cornerback Lito Sheppard in the offseason. Sheppard, who wants the Birds to show him more money and more playing time, now is at back at left corner with Samuel out. Upon the latter’s return, Sheppard presumably with resume rotating with Sheldon Brown at right corner and all three will be on the field when the Eagles go nickel.
Reid and team president Joe Banner met Saturday with Sheppard and his new agent, the infamous Drew Rosenhaus of T.O. and “Next Question” fame. Reid described the meeting as very positive.
We shall see just how steeped in serenity Sheppard and Rosenhaus will be. Of course, Samuel’s aching hamstrings now give Sheppard more of a leg to stand on during his impassioned pleas with the two-headed franchise deity of Reid and Banner.