The Philadelphia Eagles, who need a win to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC, look likely to regain QB1 on Sunday.
Jalen Hurts, who has been sidelined since December 18 with a shoulder injury, worked with the first-team offense in Thursday’s practice.
Although he was officially listed as a Limited player, teammates said all indications were to expect the Eagles (13-3) to start against the Hearts’ visiting New York Giants (9-6-1). said that it shows that
Head coach Nick Siriani said he wouldn’t be far ahead of Friday’s practice, but was “on the right track.”
Siriani said Friday’s practice will be one indicator of what the team will do on Sunday. However, we continue to see signs that backups will roll out a dominant lineup.
Hearts have missed the last two games. The Eagles dropped both with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew at center.
Eagles No. 1 wide receiver AJ Brown said Thursday that the Hearts are shedding rust, but there was a noticeable encouragement he appreciated.
“We’re all thrilled to have him back. He’s definitely rocked,” Brown said. “He definitely had a good tempo today. He told everyone to come early.
Tight end Dallas Gordart said Hurts is a sharp player and his teammates won’t doubt the top-seeded “hard competitor” playing Sunday for a first-round bye.
“He definitely wants to be there. He looked fine. He didn’t seem to miss anything,” said Gedard. “The ball seemed to come out of his hand and his reading was good.”
Safety CJ Gardner Johnson was also able to play on Sunday. Gardner said that Johnson and his defensive end Robert Quinn have been designated to return from the injured list, opening a 21-day practice window to return to the active roster. A roster move would be required to have any players available for Sunday’s game.