Minshew to share reps while Eagles wait on Hurts


Gardner Minshew will split reps with Jalen Hurts Wednesday at walkthrough as the Eagles wait to learn whether Hurts will be healthy enough to play against Washington Sunday.

Hurts sprained his ankle against the Giants on Nov. 28, and Minshew started in the 33-18 win over the Jets on Dec. 5. The Eagles were off last week, so by the time the Eagles face Washington at the Linc on Sunday it will be three weeks since Hurts got hurt.

Sirianni said before the bye week he expected Hurts to be healthy enough to start against Washington, but on Wednesday, when the Eagles came back after the off week, he indicated that although Hurts is getting better, his status remains unknown.

So at least for Wednesday, reps will be split. The Eagles will hold full practices on Thursday and Friday. 

“I don’t know what exactly is going to happen, just like I didn’t know last week exactly what was going to happen,” Sirianni said. “So you want to make sure you’re covered if one guy can’t play. …

“We’re going to do what we need to do in walkthrough (Wednesday), how we divvy up the reps. Like last walkthrough, both Gardner and Jalen got reps ,and we’ll do the same thing (Wednesday) and we’ll see how everything goes (Thursday).”

Minshew threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions in the Eagles’ win over the Jets. Hurts has thrown 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions this year and has also rushed for eight touchdowns.


Sirianni said after the Jets game that Hurts will definitely be the starter when he’s healthy. The Eagles have four regular-season games remaining.

Asked if he were encouraged by Hurts’ progress, Sirianni said yes, adding:

“Yeah, because just the time difference and everything like that. Again, I was hopeful two weeks ago at this time, but he didn’t end up playing as we know, but time is healing it, and we go back to our doctors, trainers and strength staff and we have good people in there working on him and getting him better each day.”

Sirianni also said Jordan Howard (knee) and Miles Sanders (ankle) are trending in the right direction.

He once again had no update on three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, who hasn’t played since suffering a pectoral injury in Week 2 - nearly three months ago.

“There’s no change right there,” he said. “He’s continuing to progress. If his status changes, I’ll let you guys know.”

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