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Samuel misses practice

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles Pro Bowl safety Asante Samuel missed practice Friday with a hip strain, but head coach Andy Reid is hopeful that he'll be ready for Sunday's wild-card playoff game in Minnesota. According to Reid, the injury occurred during Thursday's practice.

Asked whether Samuel could play if the game were scheduled for today, Reid said, "Yeah, he possibly could."

If Samuel can't go, Joselio Hanson would take his place and Lito Sheppard (remember him?) would take over as the nickel corner. Samuel's the only player on the questionable list that truly seems questionable at this point. Defensive end Victor Abiamiri has been ruled out for Sunday's game, and that's not something defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's happy about. Abiamiri emerged down the stretch as a strong defender against the run, and he would've helped out quite a bit against Adrian Peterson.

Another topic that Reid was asked about was the crowd noise at the Metrodome. Even though the Vikings are having a difficult time selling out the game, it should be as loud as always. Until you sit in that building and hear the motorcycle sounds and bull horns before kickoff, it's hard to have an appreciation for the noise. Reid has piped in crowd noise to help prepare his team this week.

"If you're good at it and you practice [with the noise], then you should be able to function in a normal way. Now, to do that takes a lot of time and that's why we practice it. You won't go to a louder place, other than maybe Kansas City, than we are going to be at this weekend, so it's important that our guys focus in on it and do a good job."

By the way, if you're still on holiday, turn it over to the Cotton Bowl. Texas Tech and Ole Miss have squared off in a barnburner. Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree could be a top five pick and Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher is also projected as a first-rounder.