Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts is now questionable to play in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback injured his right shoulder in Sunday’s 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Though the injury is not serious, it’s likely Hurts could sit out the next one to two weeks before he returns for the Eagles’ playoff run.
I’m told there is no doubt:
Jalen Hurts will be ready for the playoffs. I’m told the sprained shoulder is not considered serious.
Jalen’s status for Saturday in Dallas is in doubt.
Source says x-rays were negative. Nothing was broken. An MRI diagnosed a sprained right shoulder pic.twitter.com/FlZhjSIM0o
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 19, 2022
JALEN HURTS QUESTIONABLE WITH SHOULDER INJURY
In Sunday’s Week 15 matchup against the Chicago Bears, quarterback Jalen Hurts was injury late in the third quarter. Chicago’s defensive end Trevis Gipson drove Hurts into the ground. Hurts was slow to get back up.
Left tackle Jordan Mailata stated, “The one that scared me he just laid there. I ran over and said, ‘Stay down.’ And he said, Pick me the f*** up.” And I said, ‘Yes, sir.'”
Though Hurts seemed to take the injury in stride, he underwent additional testing on Monday. X-rays revealed nothing was broken, however, an MRI did reveal a strained right shoulder. The right is Hurts’ throwing shoulder.
According to NFL sources, he could now be sidelined for the next two games.
Hurts finished Sunday’s game against the Bears with 22 out of 37 attempts for 315 passing yards. His 64.6 passer rating was a season-low, as he also had two interceptions. However, the 24-year-old also completed 61 rushing yards, scoring all three rushing touchdowns to secure Philadelphia’s win.
He now leads the league in rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2021 season with 23 total.
The possibility of a missed game comes at an inopportune time as the Eagles are scheduled to play NFC East rival, the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve. The Cowboys, who are [surprisingly] favorited to the win the game could now face back-up quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew has played three games this season, completing 34 passing yards.
Whether Hurts misses Saturday’s game or not, he will certainly be back in time for playoffs. It will be interesting to see what happens to his MVP run if he has to sit this one out. The odds have already been shifted back to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to kick-off in Dallas at 4:25 PM. The Eagles need one more win to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.