Eagles Notes: Samuel is questionable vs. Texans

Asante Samuel is listed as questionable with a left knee strain for Thursday's game against the Texans, according to the official injury report released by the Eagles.

The Eagles cornerback was questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears but was declared out by Saturday and did not travel with the team to Chicago. Samuel, who practiced on a limited basis all week, will likely be a game-time decision against Houston.

If Samuel, who has an NFL-leading seven interceptions, can't go, Joselio Hanson will start at cornerback again in his place and will make way for rookie Trevard Lindley when he moves inside in the nickel defense.

Wide receiver Riley Cooper (knee) is also questionable, and defensive end Juqua Parker (hip) is out. If Cooper is not active, Chad Hall will dress in his place. Rookie Brandon Graham started last week as Parker sat out with a hip flexor strain.

The following Eagles are listed as probable: cornerback Jorrick Calvin (back), guard Nick Cole (knee), running back LeSean McCoy (shoulder) and Lindley (knee).

Extra points. Kicker David Akers was named NFC special-teams player of the month for November. It's the fourth time in his career that he has won the award. In the month, Akers connected on 17 of 18 field-goal attempts and was successful on all 13 of his extra-point tries. . . . Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff were named the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society's athletic training staff of the year for 2010.


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