Most of the Eagles’ key players watched the team’s Week 18 opener from the bench.
About 90 minutes before the end of the Eagles’ regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, the team released a long, inactive list that included nearly all of the team’s starters and key reserve players who had not previously been ruled out for the game. game, including the headline. quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts, Darius Slay, Steven Nelson, Anthony Harris, Lane Johnson, Landon Dickerson, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Javon Hargrave, and Miles Sanders made the list. The Eagles also had 11 players on the reserve / COVID-19 list discarded a few hours before kickoff.
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Dickerson (thumb) and Johnson (rest / knee) were listed as questionable in the injury report released Thursday. Sanders was ruled earlier in the week with a hand injury.
Gardner Minshew got the start at quarterback in his place for Hurts, his second of the season. In Minshew’s first action as Eagle, he threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Jets as Hurts healed from an ankle injury.
The only offensive starters who dressed for the game were Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata, DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins. Defensively, the only active starter was TJ Edwards.
For Kelce and Smith, playing time was tied to keeping or chasing records. Kelce was one of 12 players added to the COVID-19 roster on Monday, but he was the only player to be activated from the roster in time for kickoff. He started Saturday and played a snap, extending his streak of consecutive games started to 122, the longest active streak of any center.
Smith got the 38 yards he needed to beat DeSean Jackson’s franchise record for most yards received by a rookie. The first-round pick had also advocated for a bit of playing time earlier in the week, citing the importance of keeping up.
“I feel like I need to be there,” Smith said. “It’s a matter of momentum.”