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Eagles-Washington inactives: Carson Wentz is a healthy scratch for season finale

PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Carson Wentz is a healthy scratch for the Eagles in their season finale against the Washington Football Team, the team announced Sunday evening.

NFL Media first reported Wentz would be inactive for the Week 17 matchup game earlier Sunday.

Wentz was listed among the 10 inactives for Sunday’s game. Rookie Jalen Hurts will make his fourth straight start, and Nate Sudfeld, who has been inactive for the past 14 games after backing up Wentz in the season opener, will be the No. 2 quarterback.

Wentz watched as Hurts and Sudfeld went through warmups Sunday night at a rainy Lincoln Financial Field.

Wentz was 3-8-1 as a starter this season. He threw for 2,620 yards and set or tied career lows in completion percentage (57.4%), touchdowns (16), yards per attempt (6.0), yards per game (218.3), passer rating (72.8) and QBR (49.4). He set career highs in interceptions (15) and sacks (50). The interceptions and sacks led the NFL, and his other stats were among the worst in the NFL.

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Ultimately, Wentz was benched for Hurts in the third quarter of the loss at the Packers in Week 13 nearly a month ago.

Wentz faces an uncertain future in Philadelphia. ESPN reported Wentz’s relationship with coach Doug Pederson is “fractured beyond repair,” and the 28-year-old would be willing to restructure his massive contract extension, which is set to kick in this spring, to help facilitate a trade.

Other outlets have reported the Eagles are planning on bringing Wentz back next season, and Pederson has said publicly he wants to help Wentz get back on track.

The dominoes have started to fall — Pederson and executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman will reportedly return in 2021, while defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will not — but Wentz’s fate might be the most significant shoe to drop this offseason.

There is one more game left before the offseason begins, though, and the Eagles are going to be severely shorthanded for it.

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Wentz will be joined on the sideline by a host of injured players, including defensive end Derek Barnett (calf), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (neck), tight end Dallas Goedert (calf), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle), cornerback Michael Jacquet (calf), left tackle Jordan Mailata (concussion), tight end Richard Rodgers (ankle) and running back Miles Sanders (knee).

Linebackers Shaun Bradley (neck) and Duke Riley (biceps) were ruled out and then placed on injured reserve Friday. The Eagles also placed safety Jalen Mills on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and placed cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Jacquet was listed as questionable for the game, and he is inactive.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is a healthy scratch for the Eagles, too.

Officially, the 10 inactives for the Eagles are Jackson, Wentz, Jeffery, Sanders, Jacquet, Mailata, Rodgers, Goedert, Cox and Barnett.

The Eagles signed tight end Jason Croom and linebacker Rashad Smith off the practice squad to take the roster spots of Bradley and Riley on Friday, while safety Blake Countess and cornerback Jameson Houston were elevated to the roster as COVID-19 replacements for Mills and Robey-Coleman, respectively.

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The Eagles also elevated defensive end Joe Ostman and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho from the practice squad for Sunday’s game. Wanogho, a sixth-round pick out of Auburn, is the only one of the Eagles’ 10 draft picks who has not appeared in a game this season.

The inactives for Washington are: wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, wide receiver Robert Foster, running back Lamar Miller, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. (knee) and offensive tackle David Steinmetz.

The Football Team is slated to start quarterback Alex Smith, who missed the past two weeks with a calf injury. Smith was listed as questionable for the game, along with running back Antonio Gibson (toe), wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) and Pierre-Louis.

Washington can clinch the NFC East with a win over the Eagles.

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Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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