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DeSean, Asante questionable; Dunlap expects to start

DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel are listed as questionable for Sunday's game -- though Jackson again hinted that he expects to play, saying, "I can't let my troops go out there without me." Both Pro Bowlers practiced in part for the Eagles on Friday, but were limited two days before their showdown at the New York Giants. Andy Reid said they did more work Friday than Thursday.

DeSean, Asante questionable; Dunlap expects to start

Asante Samuel is listed as questionable for Sunday´s game against the Giants. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Asante Samuel is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel are listed as questionable for Sunday's game -- though Jackson again hinted that he expects to play, saying, "I can't let my troops go out there without me." Both Pro Bowlers practiced in part for the Eagles on Friday, but were limited two days before their showdown at the New York Giants. Andy Reid said they did more work Friday than Thursday.

Tackle Winston Justice is also listed as questionable. King Dunlap, who filled in for Justice last week, said he expects to start after taking all of the first team repetitions in practice this week.

"As far as I know I am," Dunlap said. "I've been taking the reps with the starters all week."

Head coach Andy Reid said Jackson and Samuel are both doing better today, but did not give a definitive answer on whether they will be healthy enough to go on Sunday.

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"I want to see how it works out tonight after this work out here," Reid said.

Justice said he expects to play -- but it sounded more like a competitor setting a goal for himself than a certainty. Justice said he is not yet 100 percent and that a decision could come Friday or Saturday.

"I feel like I could play, but if I was playing right now I wouldn't be 100 percent," Justice said.

Samuel appeared to take a step back after practicing in full Wednesday. He was limited Thursday and Friday. But he said he is getting better, without saying if he will play.

"Each day I wake up and it's a better day. Every day feels better, so I'm just looking forward to tomorrow and the next day," he said. "I felt good, though."

FROM EARLIER:

Jackson hasn't officially practiced all week because of a foot sprain, but the receiver did workout some each day and looks as if he will live up to his statement on Thursday that he's playing on Sunday.

Samuel has missed the last three games with a knee sprain and was limited on Thursday, but he was ready to go on Friday.

Tackle Winston Justice (knee) was also at practice. The Eagles were once again practicing inside their indoor facility.

Eagles coach Andy Reid will have an official injury report following practice.

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