Jalen Hurts to undergo surgery today for injured ankle
After dealing with an undisclosed ankle injury for the second half of the season, Jalen Hurts is undergoing surgery Wednesday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Hurts injured his ankle in late November during the Eagles’ loss to the New York Giants. Luckily, Philadelphia had a bye week the following Sunday, but he missed their next game against the Jets. Following his 23-day absence, Hurts was never the same. Jay Glazer initially reported it was an ankle sprain, but that was never confirmed.
After their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this postseason, Hurts was asked about the ankle and if he would need surgery, to which he replied, “I hope not.”
Although he didn’t miss much time, the potential ankle sprain seriously affected Hurts’ mobility. Coming out of the bye, he averaged just 32 rushing yards per game, compared to 58 yards beforehand. Hurts’ most rushing yards in a game following his return was 44 yards, something he did nine times this season before injuring his ankle.
The good news is the Eagles QB is expected to be fully recovered by the start of OTAs in April. This surgery was likely a cleanup to ensure everything was okay and wouldn’t tear anything further. These types of surgeries are common practice and shouldn’t scare anyone.
Alongside Hurts, a few other Eagles have recently undergone surgery. Backup tackle Brett Toth had surgery a few weeks ago for a torn ACL suffered in their regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
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