Hanson Looks Likely to Step in for Asante

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Asante Samuel is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The final day of substantive preparation for Sunday's Eagles-Bears game passed with no sign of the NFL's interception leader, Asante Samuel. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that as of now, Samuel (knee)
and fellow nonpracticing Eagles Antonio Dixon (abdomen) and Juqua Parker (hip) are scheduled to travel with the team and continue taking treatment, in hopes of playing. All three were listed as "questionable."

It's pretty rare under Reid for a player to take the field without practicing, though. Joselio Hanson, who has started 15 games (some of them because the team opened up in nickel) in an Eagles career that dates back to 2006, has been practicing in Samuel's spot all week and said Friday he is ready to roll.

"I'm just excited to go out there and play. I'm just going to have fun, try to get to 8-3," said Hanson, 29, who started against the 49ers Oct. 10, when Samuel was sidelined by a concussion.

Hanson has just one interception this season, in the opener against Green Bay. Samuel has seven.

"I'm just going to play my game," Hanson said. "Hopefully, I can get a couple. You never know."

Reid said he can't factor into the injury decisions the fact that the Eagles play again Thursday, at home against Houston.

"It's that time of the year, if you can go you go, as long as you're safe there," he said.

Reid said Dixon "made a big jump from yesterday to today. So, you know, I'm optimistic." 

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