DeSean, Asante probable; Eagles sign returner

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DeSean Jackson's punt return touchdown put the Eagles in the NFC East driver seat. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Receiver DeSean Jackson (foot) and cornerback Asante Samuel (knee) were listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Jackson and Samuel split practice repetitions with their backups today after Thurday's indoor practice on turf. Both are expected to play vs. Minnesota.

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson was listed as questionable with a sore knee, linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring) was doubful and linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) is out.

As for who will replace the injured Jorrick Calvin in returning kicks, Reid said that receiver Chad Hall has taken most of the reps there, with Jeremy Maclin helping out. The coach also said that there was a possibility that newly-acquired returner Gerard Lawson and defensive end Derrick Burgess could be active.

FROM EARLIER:

On Vikings Eve, receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Mike Patterson were practicing for the Eagles two days before they are to host Minnesota.

Both players were limited on Thursday -- Jackson with a sore foot and Patterson with a sore knee. Both, however, are expected to play Sunday and today's presence at practice was a good sign. Linebackers Keenan Clayton (hamstring) made a return to practice today after missing the previous two days.

Only linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday.

The Eagles also signed cornerback/returner Gerard Lawson to a three-year contract a day after they placed Jorrick Calvin on injured reserve. Originally a rookie free agent signing of Cleveland in 2008, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Lawson played in 20 games with the Browns from 2008-09.

He played mostly on special teams, but was released before the start of this season. Lawson signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and went on to record 23 kickoff returns for a 21.0 average.

Lawson was at practice today, but his status for Sunday is undetermined. If Lawson isn't ready to return kicks, receiver Chad Hall is likely to do so against the Vikings.

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