Quick take: Caplan's personnel observations

The Eagles were short-handed at certain positions, but they made the right moves to make up for the losses. Injuries also limited the Vikings in certain areas.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • In a rare move, the coaches decided to dress all six receivers on the active roster.

  • Backup WR Greg Lewis, who was carted off during pregame warmups, was able to play. He sprained his ankle and will have an MRI on Monday morning to determine the extent of the injury.

  • Two running backs and two fullbacks dressed. Backup RB Lorenzo Booker, whom Philadelphia acquired on draft day for a fourth-round pick, was inactive. Starting FB Dan Klecko was injured in the game so the coaches used backup RB Correll Buckhalter at fullback.

  • With starting TE L.J. Smith (shoulder) inactive, just two tight ends dressed for the game. Smith is on the final year of his contract and was Philadelphia's "franchise" player this season. He didn't travel with the team to Minneapolis on Saturday.

  • PK David Akers, who hit a 51-yard field goal late in the first quarter, also nailed a 58-yarder in pregame warmups. Akers tied his own team record for field goals in a playoff game with four. He shared that record with Luis Zendejas.

  • On CB Asante Samuel's 44-yard interception return for a touchdown, he used inside leverage to force WR Sidney Rice to the outside. Samuel probably viewed Rice, who hasn't run well as he has in the past due to a lingering PCL injury, as no deep threat. Samuel read QB Tarvaris Jackson's eyes on that throw.

    Minnesota Vikings

  • With starting DE Ray Edwards (knee) inactive, just three defensive ends dressed for the game.

  • Former second-round pick, OT Marcus Johnson, was inactive for the 10th time this season.

  • With rookie Darius Reynaud inactive, just four receivers dressed for the game.

  • Journeyman Jimmy Kennedy was active for the game. The former first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams was one of four defensive tackles that dressed for the game.


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