Minshew Mania! Eagles QB Gardner Minshew looks set to start

The Philadelphia Eagles will likely roll with quarterback Gardner Minshew in their Saturday game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

The coach said Thursday morning that “it looks like it will be Gardner [Minshew]Asked about the team’s Week 16 quarterback situation, Jalen Hurts with a sprained shoulder.

“Jalen did everything he could to get his body ready to go, and right at the end of the day, he won’t be able to,” Sirianni added.

Hurts was listed as DNP on Wednesday’s injury report and did not practice Tuesday Wednesday.

“Obviously he’s disappointed because he wants to play,” Sirianni said when asked how Hurts took the news. “Again, like I said, he’s the toughest guy I know, and we have to do our best as an organization to put him in a safe place because he would play anything. He showed that in that fourth quarter against Chicago, that he played through it. He played through everything.

“Obviously disappointed. He wants to be out there with his teammates, but those are tough conversations you have to have sometimes,” the coach continued.

Veteran backup Minshew handled the offense effectively last season. He started two games 1-1 and threw for 439 yards, four touchdowns and one interception last season with the Eagles.

One of his starts last season came in a Week 18 loss to Dallas, completing 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Eagles’ loss to Dallas. He also started a game against the Jets, completing 20 of 25 attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ Week 13 win over the Jets.

The Eagles are battling for the No. 1 seed and the NFC East title as the team is 13-1 and entered Week 16 two games ahead of the Minnesota Vikings NFC North and three games ahead of the Cowboys with three to play.

Watch the game Saturday at 4:25 p.m. on 97.ESPN with Merrill Reese and Mike Quick.

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