Jalen Hurts out, Gardner Minshew to make first Eagles start vs. Jets

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Jalen Hurts is officially inactive for Sunday's Eagles-Jets game due to an ankle injury, and 25-year-old Gardner Minshew II will make his first start as an Eagle.

On Wednesday, Hurts told the media his ankle is fine and he'll be "ready to go" on Sunday against the Jets, and Nick Sirianni said, “We are hopeful. We are feeling good,” when asked about his starting QB.

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Hurts appeared to injure his ankle at the beginning of the fourth quarter in last week's loss to the Giants, when he was pressured in the pocket and sacked. Hurts came off the field limping following the play and didn’t run the ball the rest of the game, although he did show good mobility in the pocket.

Hurts, 23, has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. On the ground, however, Hurts has been electric, rushing for 695 yards and eight scores.

According to Eagles insider Derrick Gunn, RB Boston Scott will be a game-time decision tomorrow as he is dealing with a non-COVID-19 illness and RB Jordan Howard will miss his second straight game with a knee injury, but starting RB Miles Sanders is expected to play despite suffering an ankle injury last week against the Giants.

The Eagles desperately need a win this Sunday if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Their chances at the postseason took a hit with their loss to the Giants, but a win would move them to 6-7, and right back into serious contention for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.