Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) rushes for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts ‘trending in right direction’ for Sunday

Needing a win to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles appear likely to have their QB1 back Sunday.

Jalen Hurts, out with a shoulder injury since Dec. 18, worked with the first-team offense in Thursday’s practice.

While he was officially listed as limited, teammates said all signs indicate the Eagles (13-3) expect Hurts to start against the visiting New York Giants (9-6-1).

Head coach Nick Sirianni wouldn’t go quite that far before Friday’s practice but said “it’s trending in the right direction.”

Sirianni said Friday’s practice would be one indicator of what the team would do Sunday. Signs continued to build that the Giants, who clinched a wild-card spot but can’t improve their standing regardless of the outcome in the NFC East rivalry game, would be rolling out a backup-dominated lineup.

Hurts has missed the past two games. The Eagles dropped both with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew under center.

Eagles No. 1 wide receiver A.J. Brown said Thursday that Hurts was knocking off some rust, but there was a noticeable pep he appreciated.

“We are all excited to see him back. He is locked in for sure,” Brown said. “He definitely had a tempo about him today. He was telling guys, come on, hurry up. I’m glad he’s back.”

Tight end Dallas Goedert said Hurts was sharp and said teammates won’t doubt the “fierce competitor” playing Sunday with the top seed and a first-round bye on the line.

“He definitely wants to be out there. He looked good, he looked like he hasn’t missed anything,” Goedert said. “The balls look good coming out of his hand, his reads were good.”

Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson could also play Sunday. Gardner-Johnson and defensive end Robert Quinn have been designated to return from injured reserve, opening their 21-day practice window to rejoin the active roster. A roster move would be required to bring either player up for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

QB Jalen Hurts back in mix? Philly ‘sorting through’ decision

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw the ball with velocity and accuracy in Thursday’s practice, opening the door for his return from a sprained shoulder on Sunday.

Philadelphia (13-2) hosts the New Orleans Saints (6-9) with a chance to wrap up the NFC East division title and conference home-field advantage, which brings the only first-round bye in the NFC.

Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew started in Hurts’ spot in the Christmas Eve loss to the Dallas Cowboys (12-4), who won Thursday night to remain in the hunt for the division crown.

Minshew took the majority of the first-team reps last week. Hurts practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

“His health is always taken into consideration first,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Friday. “Is it safe for him to be out there? And then from there you do what’s best for the team. We’re still sorting through that. Obviously Jalen had a good practice (Thursday), went out and did some things really well.”

How Hurts responds physically from ramping up football activity and throwing Thursday, and whether he remains limited Friday, will be key indicators of the direction Sirianni will take. Another factor could be the right tackle position. Starter Lane Johnson (abdomen) is out.

However, Sirianni said last week Hurts is “the toughest guy I’ve been around” and pushed to play against Dallas.

Sirianni took several opportunities to chirp toward the gathered media at Thursday’s practice with playful messages reminding reporters that he wasn’t exaggerating Hurts’ toughness.

“I told ya!” the coach bellowed several times.

Minshew filled in last week and threw for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hurts is part of the conversation for NFL MVP honors due to his stellar season. He has passed for 3,472 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, and rushed for 747 yards and 13 scores in 14 games.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday he has become a fan of Hurts.

“He’s a great young player,” Brady said. “He’s throwing the ball well, running it well, sneaking it well. They’re scoring touchdowns, they got a great team.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) and head coach Nick Sirianni runs off the field after win against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles to start QB Gardner Minshew with Hurts hurting

Gardner Minshew gets the start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday at Dallas with Jalen Hurts requiring more time to heal from a shoulder sprain, head coach Nick Sirianni said Thursday morning.

“Gardner will be ready,” Sirianni said. “Gardner will be our guy. Gardner worked his butt off to be ready for this opportunity against a really good football team. He had a great practice (Wednesday) and I think you guys have all heard how good a practice he had, lots of energy out there. He’s ready to go.”

Hurts “did everything he possibly could to get his body ready to go” and still wants to start, Sirianni said, classifying Hurts as the “toughest player I’ve ever been around.”

Without Hurts, the Eagles (13-1) are underdogs at Dallas with a chance to seal up the top seed in the NFC. Minshew can help set the franchise mark for single-season wins and deal the Cowboys a setback with playoff implications.

The role isn’t foreign to Minshew, who went 7-13 as the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and teammates cited his energy and accuracy as reasons for optimism after Wednesday’s practice.

Sirianni also said tight end Dallas Goedert was trending in the right direction to play for the first time in four weeks. He was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury against Washington in Week 10.

“It’s an early Christmas present for me,” Goedert said. “Dallas and Dallas has a nice ring to it!”

Hurts, one of eight Eagles named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 315 yards to lead the visiting Eagles to a 25-20 win at Chicago on Sunday, but came out of that win with a sprained shoulder. His timetable to return is unclear.

The Cowboys are familiar with Minshew, who started the regular-season finale for Philadelphia against Dallas last season. The Cowboys won the game 56-21 as part of Dallas’ season sweep of the Eagles.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) walks off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Shoulder sprain could sideline Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts could miss the NFC East matchup with the Dallas Cowboys due to a shoulder sprain, with the Philadelphia Eagles prepping Gardner Minshew to start at quarterback this week, reports said Monday.

Hurts and the Eagles are 13-1 and in the driver’s seat for the division title and top seed in the conference. Hurts rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 315 yards to lead the visiting Eagles to a 25-20 win at Chicago on Sunday.

NFL Network reported the injury is not long term and ESPN shared the same details, adding the Eagles are likely to rest Hurts until he’s fully healthy.

Hurts was intercepted twice after throwing three interceptions in the first 13 games this season.

Dallas lost 40-34 in overtime to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Cowboys (10-4) clinched a playoff spot with the Washington Commanders’ loss to the New York Giants.

The Eagles won the first meeting between the teams this season after Dallas swept the 2021 series with a pair of victories by 20-plus points.

Multiple sportsbooks took the line for Philadelphia-Dallas off the board. The Cowboys, originally narrow favorites, swung to -6.0 at Caesars Sportsbook.

–Field Level Media

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws against the Giants in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew II split Eagles’ reps

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is apparently making progress from a sprained left ankle but during Wednesday’s walkthrough he still split the first-team practice reps with Gardner Minshew II.

Hurts was injured on Nov. 28 and missed the following game against the New York Jets before the Eagles’ bye last week. But whether he will be healthy for this Sunday’s game crucial contest against the Washington Football Team is uncertain.

The Eagles and Washington are both 6-7 entering Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni said of the splitting of the reps. “You want to make sure that you’re covered if one guy can’t play. So that’s it.”

The Eagles listed Hurts as a limited participant on Wednesday.

Minshew was impressive during his Week 13 start against the Jets as he completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-18 triumph.

Hurts started Philadelphia’s first 12 games and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has 695 yards and eight scores on the ground.

“It’s been a day-by-day thing,” Hurts said of his ankle. “Coming in here every day, doing everything in my power to make myself available for my team. That’s been my mindset, that’s still my mindset. Trying to be available for the team.”

Running back Miles Sanders (ankle) was a limited participant. Sanders had a season-high 120 yards against the Jets and has 578 for the season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) following the win over the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Gardner Minshew II to start against Jets

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II will make his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the host New York Jets.

Starter Jalen Hurts had been listed as questionable all week due to an ankle injury sustained when he got stepped on in the second half of last week’s loss to the New York Giants. The Eagles moved him to the inactive list Sunday.

Minshew handled most of the first-team reps in practice this week. He has played in only one game this season, completing both pass attempts for 11 yards in Philadelphia’s 44-6 win at Detroit in Week 8.

The Eagles acquired Minshew in an offseason trade with Jacksonville after the Jaguars used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft on quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Minshew, 25, was 7-13 as a starter with the Jaguars from 2019-20, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,530 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Hurts, 23, has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards in 12 starts this season. He has 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 695 yards with eight touchdowns.

The Eagles (5-7) are 11-0 all-time against the Jets (3-8).

In addition to Hurts, running back Jordan Howard, defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu and defensive backs Kary Vincent Jr., Tay Gowan and Mac McCain are inactive for the Eagles.

For the Jets, wide receiver Corey Davis returns after missing last week’s 21-14 win against the Texans with a groin injury. Davis has 32 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns in eight games this season.

Inactive for New York are tight end Trevon Wesco, running back La’Mical Perine, offensive lineman Isaiah Williams, defensive backs Jarrod Wilson and Rachad Wildgoose, and defensive linemen Tim Ward and Sheldon Rankins.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) hands off the football to running back Kenneth Gainwell (14) in the second half of an NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Gardner Minshew II probable starting QB for Eagles

Gardner Minshew is slated to start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Jets on Sunday with Jalen Hurts battling an ankle injury, according to a published report.

Another report indicates the Eagles will wait and see how Hurts is feeling on Sunday before making a final decision.

Hurts was injured in the fourth quarter of last week’s 13-7 loss to the New York Giants. He was a limited practice participant on Friday.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that there was still time to wait before making a decision.

Minshew was acquired by Philadelphia from the Jacksonville Jaguars in late August. He has started 20 NFL games and compiled a 7-13 record.

Sirianni said there would be adjustments to the offensive game plan if Minshew was the starter. Minshew prefers to operate from the pocket while the highly athletic Hurts is comfortable operating on the run and is very effective when he tucks the ball and heads up field.

“You know what your backup likes, and you know what he does well,” Sirianni said. “I don’t want to say it’s different game plans. It’s different styles a little bit because you tweak everything for each individual player. But we’re playing a certain style of defense, so there will be some similarities regardless of who’s playing quarterback.”

Minshew has seen action in one game this season and completed both passes for 11 yards. He has thrown for 5,541 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 24 appearances with the Jaguars (2019-20) and Eagles.

Hurts is in his first season as a full-time starter and has passed for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has rushed for 695 yards and eight scores.

Overall, Hurts is 6-10 as an NFL starter. He threw a career-worst three interceptions in the loss to the Giants.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterbacks (15) Gardner Minshew II and (16) Trevor Lawrence during drills at Tuesday's minicamp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their Tuesday morning session of the team's mandatory minicamp at the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field, June 15, 2021.

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Urban Meyer says Jags’ QB competition still open

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer claims No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew are still competing to start in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

A reporter asked Meyer at training camp Thursday whether there was still a chance Lawrence wouldn’t be under center for the season opener.

“Is there really a chance? Uh, I think we’ll answer that as it gets closer,” answered Meyer, who then responded affirmatively to a follow-up question about whether it is still an open competition for that honor.

The Jaguars open their preseason schedule at home Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. The regular season opener against the Texans is one month away on Sept. 12 in Houston.

Lawrence and Minshew have been splitting the first-team reps in camp.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson.

Minshew, 25, is 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 TDs and 11 picks during that span.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) runs the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jags QB Glennon to start Sunday over Minshew

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon reportedly will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears, one of his former teams.

Multiple outlets reported Saturday that Glennon will make his fourth start of the season after splitting first-team reps in practice this week with Gardner Minshew.

The Jaguars (1-13) bring a franchise-record 13-game losing streak into the game with the visiting Bears (7-7).

Glennon, 31, was the starter in Weeks 12-14 and completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 600 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Bears signed Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract in March 2017, only to release him one year later after they selected Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Glennon made four starts (1-3 record) with Chicago in 2017, passing for 833 yards with four touchdowns, five picks and two lost fumbles.

A third-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2013, Glennon has thrown for 5,763 yards and 39 TDs in 32 career games (25 starts) with the Buccaneers, Bears, Cardinals, Raiders and Jaguars.

Minshew, 24, has thrown for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games (eight starts) in 2020.

Rookie Jake Luton, 24, also made three starts (Weeks 9-11) under center for Jacksonville this season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) during warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars to start veteran QB Glennon vs. Browns

The Jacksonville Jaguars are turning to veteran quarterback Mike Glennon against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in what will be his first start since early in the 2017 season.

Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Gardner Minshew, who has missed the past three games with a thumb injury, is nearing full recovery and will back up Glennon this week.

The odd man out is rookie Jake Luton, the starter in Minshew’s absence. He went 0-3 as a starter for Jacksonville (1-9), which has lost nine straight.

Marrone said he talked to all three quarterbacks Wednesday morning, telling Luton, “We really like a lot of things that you’re doing, but we’re just going to take a step back and kind of digest things for a while and just look at things and get you back on track.”

In losses to the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, Luton completed 60 of 110 pass attempts (54.5 percent) for 624 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

In the 27-3 loss to the Steelers on Sunday, he was 16-of-37 passing for 151 yards and also threw four interceptions.

Glennon, 30, made his most recent start on Sept. 28, 2017, while playing for the Chicago Bears. He was 1-3 as a starter and benched for Mitchell Trubisky.

He has a career record of 6-16. In 29 career games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Bears, he’s thrown for 5,163 yards with 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Glennon has yet to play for the Jaguars this season.

–Field Level Media