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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injuries: "(LB) Stewart Bradley is listed as out. (LB) Keenan Clayton is doubtful, but he did some practicing today in a limited role. But it was good to get him out there so he could test it out and we'll just see how he feels here. (CB) Asante practiced, as did (WR) DeSean Jackson, so they all, really for the rest of the team they all got their work in. (T) Winston Justice was another one; he practiced. And we rotated a little bit with Asante and DeSean with them both coming off a couple turf days there."

On whether DT Mike Patterson is listed as probable: "Patterson is listed as questionable. He went through the practice today. Again, he was just on his normal rotation on the defensive line. But he seems to be feeling pretty good and we'll just see. We'll see how he does by game time."

Opening remarks: "Again, we look forward to the challenge of playing the Minnesota Vikings. Guys were prepared going through the process this week and they've made sure they've seen the film and studied it. And we know what kind of football team they are coming in here and record's not an indicator of how they play. And they have a good head football coach in Leslie Frazier and they do a heckuva job on defense and we're preparing ourselves for all of their guys to play on offense. They've been banged up a little bit (but) we're expecting them all to play and we'll take it from there."

On whether DE Derrick Burgess will be active this week: "Well he's been practicing, so we'll just see, see when the time comes. But he's been practicing in there in the rotation."

On CB Gerard Lawson having an incident in Cleveland over the summer and whether they take that into account when looking to sign a player: "Well, we know people in Cleveland so we were able to talk to them and try to do our homework the best we possibly can. You know, we think he's a good kid who put himself in a bad position, but he's a good kid and he's kept himself straight there – out of trouble there since then."

On whether Lawson will dress Sunday: "We'll see. I mean, we'll see. I'll get with (special teams coordinator) Bobby (April) and you know, we'll talk about that."

On the candidates to return kicks: "Well, (WR) Chad's (Hall) been doing it. And then (WR Jeremy) Maclin's been doing some. Chad's been getting most of the reps though."

On whether the injury to CB Jorrick Calvin was a surprise and whether there was an examination: "Yeah, his back was bothering him and we had an examination done on it and we just thought that this was the way to go. So it gives him an opportunity to work with the doctors and try to get it right."

On Calvin's injury: "Well, he has a disc problem in there. But I'll let the doctors handle it."

On having T Winston Justice back in the lineup and how he's played this year: "Well listen, I thought Winston was having a very good year and you know, he's overcome a lot of things from when he first started and he's played at a Pro Bowl-caliber level when he was healthy and in there."

On whether he's talked to the players about the opportunity to clinch the division on Sunday: "The guys know about all that. You know, I don't have to do a lot of talking. I just want them to go through the process and play the game and that's the most important thing."

On whether Calvin will need surgery: "There's a chance on that. We'll just – they want to wait and they've done some things with it, here, and they just want to wait and see if what they did works out."

On whether the team has prepared for QB Brett Favre to play on Sunday: "Well we've prepared for both guys. They're completely different, but we've prepared for both guys. It's the same offense they run, but two different styles. I don't think you can count him out until he's listed as out."

On whether the players have done a good job the last few days refocusing after the Giants game: "Well, I sense a lot of energy and I haven't heard a lot of talk about the past week, which I think is important. I think all the talk and focus has been on the Vikings. And when you get in here Wednesday and you put on the tape and look at it, that kind of tells the whole story. So they know the kind of football players that the Vikings have."

On whether he has compared the team's playoff chances this year to the last two years heading into the final games of the season: "No, I don't go over all that. I concentrate on what we can take care of, and that's making sure we get ready to play the game and practice and master the gameplan. I don't worry about all that other stuff."

On whether Samuel's knee is 100 percent: "Well, I wouldn't say it's 100 percent. But he's working through it and doing everything that he needs to and he played a good game and seems to be functioning on it well."

On what he remembers about Frazier as a coach and as a person during his time with the Eagles: "Well, as good of a coach – he's a very good coach – but as good of a coach as he is, he's even a better person. And I'm glad he's had this opportunity – I wish it were under different circumstances, but listen, he's well deserving of the opportunity to be a head football coach in the National Football League. He's busted his tail to put himself in that position and conducted himself the right way and it's great for him. So I'm very happy for him."

Closing remarks: "Merry Christmas to everybody, Happy Holidays, and then I look forward to getting our fans in there Sunday and welcome the Vikings in."

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