After missing the past two games with a right shoulder injury, Jalen Hurts is expected to return to start against the New York Giants on Sunday, according to NFL’s Mike Garafolo.
According to Garafolo, Hurts threw the ball extremely well this week during practice and isn’t believed to be at risk of a re-injury.
Hurts’ return comes at a crucial time, one where the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes could literally hinge on the game.
Should they win, the Eagles will gain the #1 seed, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and a bye next week. If they lose, they will have to play an away game (albeit against a probably lesser opponent) right off the bat.
The risks are far too great for the Eagles to play it safe with their star quarterback, even against a New York team that’s likely giving their starters limited playing time or benching them entirely.
This will also give the Eagles a great idea to see where the quarterback stands. One of the bigger questions of Hurts is if he’s capable of leading a team deep into the playoffs, which is certainly heightened now after his injury concerns.
Being able to show that he’s only not rusty following injury, but is at the level of play he was before the two games missed, will go a long way for both the confidence of the team and fans heading into what will be the most important stretch of the season.