Pat Shurmur: No Decision on Quarterback for Thursday
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The Eagles won't know until after today's walk-through at the earliest what lies ahead for quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford has been cleared from his concussion, but he said no decision has been made on the starting quarterback for Thanksgiving against the Lions.
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said today that the team should know more after Tuesday's walk-through.
"We're going to get them ready to go and start one of them," Shurmur said.
When asked today Mark Sanchez said he does not know whether he will start Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
"I know as much as you guys," Sanchez told reporters.
Shurmur said the team has yet to decide who will get the nod, and coach Chip Kelly sang the same tune during a conference call with Detroit reporters. But when asked if Bradford would be the guy if he was medically cleared to play, Shurmur didn't offer much.
"We’ve got to see," Shurmur stated. "Right now, for me to speculate, I don't want to lead anybody down a wrong path here. I don't know. I really don't know. We’re going to go out and walk today. Tomorrow, we’re going to run around. We've got to see who's healthy and then we'll make that decision. I'm sure Coach [Chip Kelly] will get that to you."
There doesn't seem to be any timetable as to when the Eagles might decide on who the quarterback will be on Sunday.
"When we can," Shurmur explained. "We don't know today because they're not going to be moving around. It's a walkthrough. The way we train today is 48 hours before."
"I'm not trying to mislead you. You guys just snickered. When I'm answering your question, you guys are snickering at me. I'm trying to be honest and transparent and I can't tell you what's going to happen because I don't know who's going to be healthy. That's the answer."
For what it's Josh Paunil of Phillymag.com was on the Sports Bash today and said that Eagles tackle Lane Johnson said he expectd Sanchez to start the game vs. the Lions.
(Listen to ESPN.com NFL Nation Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan discuss the QB's)