Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sprained his shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, threatening his availability for the Week 16 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, speaking to SportsRadio 94WIP from Audacy on Tuesday morning, confirmed the QB’s injury, but he did not rule out injuries this weekend, noting that the club does not believe that this is a long term problem.
“He sprained his shoulder…he’s attacking his rehab,” Sirianni said of WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks. “We’ll see what happens this week… not something we consider long-term.”
Hurts didn’t waste a moment in Sunday’s win over Chicago, finishing the game with 22 of 37 passes for 315 yards and two INTs while rushing for three-pointers.
An MVP candidate, Hurts led the Eagles to a 13-1 record, but Philly’s main goal is a Super Bowl, and it’s imperative that the dual-threat quarterback be as healthy as possible for that run.
Sirianni doesn’t rule out Hurts on Tuesday morning, which isn’t exactly a surprise. It may arrive later in the week.
“There’s a chance he could play this week. He’s a monster. He heals quickly,” Sirianni told reporters later Tuesday. “I’m not ruling it out this week.”
Siranni added, “It’s more about healing than pain because he can deal with anything.”
Hurts told reporters there is “definitely a chance” he will play on Saturday.
“I take it day by day,” Hurts said. “Everyone knows I’m up to something. I think it’s pretty public. It’s out there. I’m not really one to talk about myself. As a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, of course, you can’t get away from that. But I will take it all in one day and prepare for a very good defense.”
The Eagles coach offered confidence that Gardner Minshew can get into nothing against Dallas and keep Philly moving. His potential start this Saturday would match the return of tight end Dallas Goedert, who was activated by the injured reserve on Tuesday. “He’s ready to go when his number is called. … If he has to go, we have 100% confidence in him. He can play,” Minshew’s Sirianni said on WIP.
With a victory over the Cowboys on Saturday, the Eagles can clinch the NFC East and the top seed in the NFC.
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