If Philadelphia beats Dallas on Saturday, they’ll win the NFC East, but they might have to do it without their starting quarterback.
According to Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero, and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Monday, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sprained his right shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Bears and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Dallas.
As reported by Rapoport, Pelissero, and Garafolo, Hurts’ injury is not expected to be serious, but the Eagles still want him to be 100 percent healthy before he returns to action.
Hurts played every defensive and offensive snap in Sunday’s victory in Chicago and also had a big day running the ball, finishing with a season-high 17 carries and three touchdowns. However, his passing statistics weren’t as impressive, as he only completed 22 of 37 passes for 315 yards and two interceptions.
The third-year pro’s season, which has been outstanding, was temporarily derailed by the injury. Hurts has had a breakout season in which he has thrown for 3,472 yards, 22 touchdowns, and five interceptions for a passer rating of 104.6, and run for 747 yards and 13 more touchdowns.
Because of Hurts’s absence, Gardner Minshew will start for the Giants against the Cowboys. He has started games since his rookie year in Jacksonville, and he made two relief starts for the Eagles last year, including a loss to the Cowboys in Week 18 in which he completed 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
The Cowboys have heard about Hurts’ injury and are motivated to avenge their Week 6 loss to the Eagles.
When Will We See The Effects Of Hurts’ Absence?
It has been reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer that Hurts may miss the next two weeks of action due to injury. Although the Eagles need just one more win to clinch the NFC’s top seed,
we might not see Hurts again until the Eagles host the NFC divisional round in four weeks. If that prognosis holds, his chances of winning MVP will be hurt more by the injury than by anything else. Obviously, the health of the quarterback will be the team’s top priority as they prepare for the postseason. — Wulf
Who Would Start At QB With Hurts Out?
Gardner Minshew, a fourth-year quarterback, would start for the Eagles if Hurts were to be sidelined. Last year, he played in three games for the Eagles, starting two of them.
After Minshew completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Jets in December, he went to coach Nick Sirianni’s office to discuss how he could continue playing for the team. In his career, Minshew has started 22 games at quarterback, throwing for 41 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. With thanks to Berman
So, Gardner Minshew, What Does Philadelphia Want To See From You?
It’s possible that Minshew’s main responsibility will be to help Philadelphia strengthen its postseason standing.
Minshew has done an excellent job filling in for other employees when needed. In place of the injured Hurts, he started last December against the New York Jets and went 20 for 25 for 242 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-18 victory.
Since his last significant playing time, the team’s roster has improved, with Brown performing like a top receiver (1,201 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns). Dallas Goedert, the team’s tight end, is eying a return from a shoulder injury.
Minshew, as a point guard, doesn’t have to shoulder too much responsibility because he works with one of the best offensive lines in football and plays with one of the best skill position groups.
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Hurts kept the ball on a zone-read play late in the third quarter and were sacked by Bears defensive end Trevis Gipson. Gipson, who weighs 263 pounds, landed on top of Hurts and drove his right shoulder into the frozen grass. Here’s a different take on the hit that Jalen Hurts took at the end of the third quarter.