Report: Eagles won't face penalty for QB switch in Week 17 vs. Washington

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Report: Eagles won't face penalty for QB switch vs. Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Philadelphia Eagles will not face a penalty from the NFL stemming from the team's decision to switch quarterbacks in the fourth quarter of a Week 17 loss to the Washington Football Team, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reported

Despite trailing by just three points entering the final quarter, head coach Doug Pederson replaced starter Jalen Hurts with backup Nate Sudfeld, who struggled mightily.

Though Pederson claimed it was a move done to evaluate the other passer on his roster, many saw it as an obvious act of trying to purposefully lose the game to improve draft position. Philadelphia had "nothing" to play for given that the team was already eliminated from playoff contention. 

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It was a decision that "nobody" on the Eagles sidelines appreciated, according to running back Miles Sanders. However, it appears that the league will not take further action. 

Pederson, the man behind the decision, was let go by the Eagles on Monday after five seasons.

Now, Philadelphia enters a crucial offseason that includes a head coach search, choices to be made surrounding Carson Wentz and a much-needed reconstruction of the roster due to major cap debt. 

One positive for the team is that due to the loss in Week 17 to Washington, the Eagles will have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.