The Eagles can play under the bright lights of Saturday’s prime time, but you won’t see their best at work.
Philadelphia locked up a spot in the NFC playoffs last week, and although it has a 18-week game against NFC East champion and rival Cowboys, it doesn’t have much incentive to go full-time on ESPN.
Why do the Eagles play with such a short arm and who will sit? Sporting News discusses who is not suitable for the game and why Philadelphia made these decisions.
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Why sits Jalen Hurts vs. Cowboys?
Philadelphia’s most famous player on the bench on Saturday night is quarterback Jalen Hurts.
In his first full season as a team starter, Hurts was invaluable as a double threat. He completed 61.3 percent of his passes at 3,144 yards, with 16 touchdowns and nine captures. He also rushed 784 yards on 139 transmissions and recorded 10 touchdowns. The team is led by both yards and TDs.
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Given how valuable it is for the Philadelphia offensive, the team has obviously decided that it is not worth risking their health before the playoffs in a relatively pointless match. The Eagles enter Saturday as number 7 in the NFC and in the 18th week they can only move as high as number 6.
Philadelphia could move to 6th place by winning or losing. If he wins, it’s enough for the 49ers to lose to the Rams on Sunday. If the Eagles lost, they would need the 49ers to lose and the Saints to defeat the Falcons to move to 6th place. If the Eagles, 49ers and Saints lose all, Philadelphia will remain in 7th place.
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The Eagles entered Saturday as No. 1 in a hasty attack with 2,566 yards on 517 passes and the 24 best landings on earth in the league.
Who else rests Eagles vs. Cowboys?
Hurts is not the only Eagle sitting on Saturday night.
Philadelphia announced Miles Sanders and several defensive starters were eliminated before the match. Sanders broke his arm in week 16, but the team hopes to be ready for a wild card round.
Here is a complete list of players that the Eagles have marked as inactive for the game:
- QB Jalen Hurts
- RB Miles Sanders
- T Lane Johnson
- OL Landon Dickerson
- CB Darius Slay
- CB Steven Nelson
- With Anthony Harris
- DE Josh Sweat
- DE Derek Barnett
- DT Javon Hargrave
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This was written on Twitter by longtime Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill A total of 16 starting Eagles will skip the game. He pointed to close Dallas Goedert and defensive liner Fletcher Cox, who, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, are among 11 players on the Eagles COVID-19 reserve list.
The list of inactive Cowboys was far from long, but included notable players such as cornerback Trevon Diggs and running back Tony Pollard.
The @dallascowboys inactive in Philadelphia Eagles:
– # 7 Trevon Diggs (CB)
– # 15 Will Grier (QB)
– # 20 Tony Pollard (RB)
– # 81 Simi Fehoko (WR)
– # 98 Quinton Bohanna (DT)
– Dallas Cowboys Public Relations (@DallasCowboysPR) January 8, 2022