PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Nick Sirianni confirmed Tuesday that quarterback Jalen Hurts has a sprained right shoulder, but he’s not ruling him out for Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Sirianni called Hurts one of the “toughest” players he knows and someone who “heals quickly,” so he won’t schedule Hurts’ throwing shoulder injury.
“I don’t trust Jalen Hurts, I don’t trust Jalen Hurts physically and mentally,” Sirianni said Tuesday. “There’s a chance he can play this week.”
Hurts said Tuesday there’s “definitely a chance” he can play on Saturday and he’s taking things day by day. He nodded when asked if he could throw.
The Eagles held a tour Tuesday as preparations for Dallas began in earnest, but they were short on quarterbacks. Gardner Minshew spoke at former coach Mike Leach’s memorial service in Mississippi and is expected back in the Philadelphia area later Tuesday. Hurts was listed as not participating in the exercise.
When asked who he would address, center Jason Kelce responded with “Ian Book,” the Eagles’ third-string quarterback.
Sirianni acknowledged they will keep Hurts safety under review but said the Eagles are preparing for both Hurts and Minshew to play in Dallas on Saturday.
“We’ll play him when he’s ready to play,” Sirianni said. “If that’s this week, then it’s this week. If it’s next week, it’s next week. When Jalen is ready to play, he is ready to play. All aspects of it.”
The general expectation in the locker room was that Minshew would stand under center against the Cowboys. Tight end Dallas Goedert, activated from injured reserve on Tuesday, hinted in most of his comments that that would be the case.
“He knows his role and he’s just biding his time for an opportunity like this and we all have faith that he’s going to make the best of it,” Goedert said.
“He’s just a smart football player. He’ll take what the defense gives him. Maybe the cowboys are playing a little soft inside and worried about DeVonta [Smith] and AJ [Brown] and hopefully they’ll forget about me so he can just throw it over the middle for me. That would be pretty nice.”
Still, teammates don’t ignore Hurts’ willpower. He wants to be in the game some have indicated and believe he is trying to do so.
Hurts’ injury came late in the third quarter in Sunday’s Eagles win over the Chicago Bears, when he was run down by defenseman Trevis Gipson after a 3-yard run. Hurts stayed down for a few moments after scoring, but continued playing and ended the game. He threw for 315 yards with two interceptions and rushed for 61 yards and three points in the 25-20 win.
Hurts ran the ball a team high 17 times on Sunday. The Bears registered 13 quarterback hits with him, their third-highest total in Week 15, according to an ESPN Stats & Information survey. His 184 QB contacts this season are the third most, behind only Justin Fields of the Bears (202) and Daniel Jones of the New York Giants (186).
The 13-1 Eagles need just one more win to become the No. 1 seed in the NFC. There’s a good chance Minshew will be the one under center against the Cowboys as the Eagles look to secure the division title and home field advantage in the playoffs.
Hurts had a breakout season totaling 35 touchdowns (22 passes, 13 rushes) to tie Randall Cunningham’s franchise record while rushing for 3,472 yards and rushing for 747 yards in 14 games. He has only intercepted five passes and completes 67.3% of his attempts.
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