It certainly seems like Nick Foles is going to play in the regular-season finale on Sunday.
While head coach Doug Pederson said he hasn't yet made a decision about playing his starters in the meaningless game against the Cowboys, he hinted very strongly on Tuesday that Foles will get some action.
There's a fine line because Foles could obviously use the extra time with the offense, but the Eagles can't afford for him to get hurt.
"If that's the approach, then I would have rested him last night, quite honestly," Pederson said. "I can't worry about that. I have to play and get him as many reps as he can and be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We'll be smart, make good decisions there as a coaching staff, talk to the coordinators about play time and all that and we'll have a good plan later in the week."
Foles didn't play well in the win over the Raiders, so getting him extra work seems like an easier decision. He failed to complete a single pass to Alshon Jeffery, and the receivers, in general, weren't involved in the game plan. Pederson said Foles will learn from the game, but he made an effort to point out that Foles didn't deserve all the blame.
Last week, Pederson talked about the importance of his team keeping its edge heading into the playoffs, which also hints towards playing some starters.
So run the numbers. This last game isn't like in training camp when they had expanded rosters. This week, they have just 53 players on the active roster and game day rosters are limited to 46 players.
"If you do the math," Pederson said, "some of your starters are going to have to play."
But there's also a possibility some starters might not play. A good place to start is with injured players. Brandon Graham is day to day with an ankle injury he suffered against the Raiders. It would be hard to justify playing him in a meaningless game. Same goes for Stefen Wisniewski, who is getting over an ankle injury of his own.
Pederson didn't rule out the possibility of activating cornerback Sidney Jones from the non-football injury list but again mentioned that he hasn't played real football in a long time.
If you had to bet on one guy who hasn't gotten snaps before playing this weekend, backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld would make sense. The Eagles seem set on sticking with two quarterbacks, so Sudfeld will be one injury away from being the team's quarterback in the playoffs.
"You'd love to hopefully get him some time in there," Pederson said. "We haven't really seen him in an Eagles uniform taking snaps under center outside of practice. It'd be good to get him some time."