Report: Samuel to start

Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Minnesota, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson told ESPN, according to the network's Web site.

Samuel suffered a hip injury during Thursday's practice, coach Andy Reid said, and did not practice Friday. Samuel was listed as questionable on the injury report.

"We think he's going to be OK, but we'll see," Reid said Friday. 

Samuel is tied for first in NFL history with three career playoff interception returns for touchdowns, a mark he shares with ex-Raiders star Willie Brown.

Lito Sheppard took Samuel's practice reps.


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1. Eagles LT Tra Thomas vs. Vikings RDE Jared Allen. Allen has 14 1/2 sacks, but Thomas shut down Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware last week. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

2. Eagles SS Quintin Mikell and WLB Akeem Jordan vs. Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Mikell and Jordan held Cowboys' Jason Witten to 7.1 yards per catch last week. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

3. Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley vs. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson leads the league in rushing and has a league-best 20 runs of 20-plus yards. ADVANTAGE: VIKINGS

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