The Eagles have blown two chances to clinch the NFC’s top seed, a first-round bye in the playoffs and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Head Coach Nick Sirianni all but said Sunday that starting QB Jalen Hurts will be back for next Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Giants.
Hurts has missed the past two games with a sprained throwing shoulder, and Sunday’s game will be the Eagles last chance to lock up the division, the top seed and a first-round bye.
With everything again riding on the final game, backup QB Gardner Minshew is headed for the bench, never to be seen again, except in mop-up time or an emergency. On Sunday, in an embarrassing 20-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Minshew proved that he’s basically a backup quarterback and not the guy the Eagles want to bet their postseason future on again.
“Hurts was close this week,” Sirianni said after the Eagles’ latest flop. “Obviously, we’ll take it one day at a time. For me to say right now or today, ‘Yeah he’s playing’ or ‘He’s not playing,’ isn’t fair to anybody because so many things can happen in a week. We’re going to have to evaluate, see where he is. His health is the No. 1 priority. If he’s ready to go, he’ll play.”
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