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It's Going to Be a Preseason Game in Sub-Freezing Temperatures

Jalen Hurts is inactive along with 10 other key players as the Eagles elevated 8 players from the practice squad in their Week 18 matchup against Dallas
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PHILADELPHIA – It’s going to basically be a preseason game played in sub-freezing temperatures.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts won't play, one of 10 key players inactive for Saturday night's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Hurts ends his first season as the team's starter with 26 total touchdowns, 16 passing and 10 rushing. He threw for 3,144 yards and nine interceptions with a passer rating of 872. His 784 yards rushing led the team.

Gardner Minshew will start at QB and Reid SInnett could also see time.

Also inactive are cornerbacks Darius Slay and Steven Nelson, running back Miles Sanders, who was ruled out on Friday with a broken hand, safety Anthony Harris, offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Landon Dickerson, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, and defensive ends Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett.

In addition, the Eagles still have 11 players on the COVID list that will not play.

They are tight ends Dallas Goedert and Jack Stoll, offensive lineman Nate Herbig, running backs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, cornerback Avonte Maddox, safeties Rodney McLeod and Marcus Epps, linebackers Genard Avery and Alex Singleton.

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Jason Kelce was the only one of the 12 Eagles placed on the COVID list earlier in the week to be activated, and that’s only so he can grow his consecutive games of starting games to 122 when the Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.

He won't play long.

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There are a few key players who weren't scratched that included WR DeVonta Smith, who is 38 yards away from breaking DeSean Jackson's rookie record for receiving yards in a season of 912 set in 2008, left tackle Jordan Mailata, and linebacker T.J. Edwards.

Elevated from the practice squad just hours before kickoff were offensive tackles Kayode Awosika and Casey Tucker, tight ends Richard Rodgers and Noah Togiai, defensive backs Jared Mayden and Mac McCain, linebacker Christian Elliss, and defensive tackle Raequan Williams.

Additionally, the Eagles called up linebacker JaCoby Stevens and DE Cameron Malveaux from their practice squad earlier in the week.

The Eagles have just two active running backs – rookie Kenny Gainwell and Jason Huntley.

The team is also sitting its entire starting defensive line.

Both the Eagles (9-7) and winners of four straight and the Cowboys (11-5 and NFC East champs) have already qualified for the playoffs and are playing simply to try to improve their seeds.

The Eagles can only rise as high as No. 6 while Dallas can potentially get to No. 2.

Dallas will be without several of its starters, including linebacker Micah Parsons, offensive tackle Tyron Smith, running back Tony Pollard, cornerback Trevon Diggs, safety Jayron Kearse, and linebacker Keanu Neal.

It all adds up to a game that will look like a glorified exhibition played in primetime on ESPN and in temperatures that are expected to be 26 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 21.

Ed Kracz is the publisher of SI.com’s Eagle Maven and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglemaven.com and please follow him on Twitter: @kracze.