Rumor: Eagles locker room sold on Jalen Hurts, should be good for next week
Although trade rumors continue to swirl regarding the Eagles’ future at quarterback, it appears the players are content with the current situation. Even after Gardner Minshew impressed in his debut Sunday, head coach Nick Sirianni remained adamant there would be no change.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports recently provided insight into the locker room’s opinion of their current starting QB. He also gave an update regarding what exactly occurred with Jalen Hurts that forced him to miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
“By the way, I’ll tell you this. While the team was dabbling with maybe DeShaun Watson and going after somebody else, I’m just telling you that locker room, they are all bought in on Jalen Hurts. Completely bought in on him.”
“Jalen Hurts had a high ankle sprain, but it’s Grade 1. That’s usually two-to-four weeks, but Jalen is tough. They had him out this week. They have the bye week. They expect him back after the bye. They don’t look at it like a Kyler Murray thing.”
This is not the first time we have heard how much this group loves Hurts as their leader. It is apparent in how they talk, and their effort on the field. The front office is where concerns regarding a change lies. Where names like Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, and others continued to be discussed.
“We go as he goes. He’s a leader. He’s a warrior. He’s exemplified that in a lot of ways, but more importantly through his actions. So, when he speaks, we listen. I felt, man, look, the team needs to hear from you right now, and let’s keep this thing going. Well said, and he’s going to continue to show up and work and we’re going to continue to follow him.” – Rodney McLeod
Glazer bringing up the sprained ankle is the first time we have heard an exact cause of injury for Hurts. It was described as a sore ankle all last week, with Sirianni reiterating it was not a long-term injury. The second-year QB will have nearly three weeks of rest by the time the Eagles play Washington next Sunday, so he should be near 100%.
In a crucial battle for playoff positioning, the Eagles will need everyone they can get when going up against Washington. Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Jason Kelce are expected to be available, per Nick Sirianni. Right guard Brandon Brooks could potentially make his return to action as well.
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