By Max Harper
When asked about Jalen Hurts’ availability for next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said they would take it day by day.
A win over Dallas on Saturday would secure the division as well as the top seed in the NFC for the Eagles, giving the coaching staff options on how much to play the starters — including Hurts — over the final two regular-season games.
The Eagles do not consider Hurts’ injury to be long-term. The expectation is he will be ready for the postseason.
Gardner Minshew manned the first-team offense at Wednesday’s practice and had a strong showing, according to multiple players. Tight end Dallas Goedert said he didn’t remember a single pass hitting the ground.
“Gardner will be our guy and Gardner will be ready,” Sirianni said. “Gardner worked his butt off for this opportunity against a really good football team. He had a great practice [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 missed Tuesday’s walkthrough, but the coaches kept him in the loop through FaceTime and Zoom calls and sending video 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.