Eagles CB Samuel will rest knee, won't play vs. Bears

The Philadelphia Eagles downgraded Asante Samuel on their injury report Saturday, saying the Pro Bowl cornerback will not make the trip to Chicago for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Friday that Samuel, who's nursing a knee injury, was "doing better." But Reid might have opted to rest Samuel in the hopes that he can play four days later in a Thursday night meeting with the Houston Texans.

Samuel has an NFL-leading seven interceptions this season, despite missing one game with a concussion. He injured his knee while recovering a fumble during last Sunday's 27-17 victory over the New York Giants, didn't practice all week and was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report.

Joselio Hanson will start in Samuel's place Sunday. Rookie Trevard Lindley will assume Hanson's role as the nickel back.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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