Eagles’ Hurts out; Minshew to start vs. Cowboys
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Tim McManusESPN Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will miss Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right shoulder sprain, meaning Gardner Minshew will get the start in a game that could secure the NFC East title and the No. The Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will miss Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right shoulder strained. Gardner Minshew, will start in a game that could secure the NFC East title and the No.
“Jalen did all he could to get his body ready for the game,” coach Nick Sirianni stated Thursday. “And at the final analysis, he’s going to not be able to.” He tried like crazy. He still wants to go. Jalen Hurts has been the most difficult player I’ve ever seen. “
Hurts was not able to attend Tuesday’s walkthrough or Wednesday’s practice. He injured his throwing shoulder in Sunday’s win against the Chicago Bears when he was driven into the ground by defensive lineman Trevis Gipson following a 3-yard run in the third quarter.
Hurts was unable to move for a while after the hit, but he continued playing and won the game. He threw for 315 yards with two interceptions and ran for 61 yards and three scores in the 25-20 victory. He has been receiving treatment for his shoulder this week. Sirianni stated Thursday that Hurts was not able to play Saturday despite teammates saying that Hurts wanted to.
When asked about Hurts’ availability for next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Sirianni said they would take it day by day. A win over Dallas on Saturday would secure division and the top seed in NFC for the Eagles. This gives the coaching staff options as to how much they will play the starters (including Hurts) over the remaining two regular-season games.
The Eagles don’t consider Hurts injury to be serious. He is expected to be available for the postseason.
Minshew was the first-team offensive at Wednesday’s practice. He had a strong showing according to multiple players. Tight end Dallas Goedert said he didn’t remember a single pass hitting the ground. Sirianni stated that
“Gardner would be our guy and Gardner would be available. “Gardner worked hard for this opportunity against an extremely good football team. He had a great practice on Wednesday. “
It’s been a busy, emotional week for Minshew, who was in Mississippi on Tuesday to speak at the funeral service for his late coach, Mike Leach.
Minshew was unable to attend Tuesday’s walkthrough. However, the coaches kept him informed via Zoom and FaceTime calls and by sending clips from the team’s install period.
Minshew has performed well in spot duty for the Eagles before, going 20-of-25 and throwing a pair of touchdowns for an injured Hurts last December against the Jets.
The 24-year-old Hurts has had a breakout season, accounting for 35 total touchdowns (22 passing, 13 rushing) to tie Randall Cunningham’s franchise record while passing for 3,472 yards and rushing for 747 yards in 14 games. He has had just five passes intercepted and is completing 67.3% of his attempts.
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