Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni not ruling quarterback Jalen Hurts out vs. Dallas Cowboys

PHILADELPHIA– 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 be setting a timeline for injuring his throwing shoulder.

“I don’t judge Jalen Hurts, I don’t judge Jalen Hurts for his physical and mental strength,” coach Nick Sirianni said on 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.

Sirianni acknowledged they will keep Hurts safety under review but said the Eagles are preparing for both Hurts and Gardner 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.”

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.

Jalen Hurts has 35 combined touchdowns this season, tied with Randall Cunningham for the most in a single season in Eagles franchise history.

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 ESPN statistics & information research. 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.

ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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