Eagles rule out Asante Samuel, Winston Justice

In a quirk in the schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles, they face the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys for the first time this Sunday in Week 14.

The Eagles have two meetings with the Cowboys in the final four weeks, meaning they missed out on Dallas when the getting was good. The Cowboys were terrible under Wade Phillips, and since they switched to Jason Garrett they’ve been quite competitive.

So, the Eagles head to Dallas for Sunday night’s game shorthanded. Today, they ruled out cornerback Asante Samuel (knee) and right tackle Winston Justice (hyperextended knee). Samuel said he was hoping to be able to play, even though he’s missed the last two games with a sprained right knee.

“My main thing is just try to get as healthy as possible," Samuel said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Samuel did some work in practice on Wednesday but was pretty much shut down afterward. He said he wouldn’t call it a setback.

Justice had also hoped to return with 10 days to rest since the last game vs. Houston, but he couldn’t rally in time so the Eagles will have to rely on some backups to help them in a must-win game.

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