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Samuel nears return for Eagles; Justice has hyperextended knee

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, who's healing from a knee injury, is aiming to start against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, coach Andy Reid told following Thursday night's 34-24 victory over the Houston Texans.

"He was close (to playing). He's close," Reid said. "He wanted to go. His lateral mobility wasn't good enough, so we held him out."

Samuel, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions this season, has missed the past two games with a sprained knee that he suffered against the New York Giants in Week 11.

Joselio Hanson, who started in Samuel's place, made four tackles against the Texans.

Reid also told reporters Friday that an MRI revealed offensive tackle Winston Justice, injured against the Texans, has a hyperextended knee but suffered no structural damage.

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