Eagles Buzz: Jalen Hurts pushed through injury, was “hurting bad” in win over Giants
The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed and a first round bye against the New York Giants last Sunday, but the game was anything but pretty.
Because the game wasn’t great, through the first two days of this week, Eagles fans are crying like a bunch of babies about what they witnessed on Sunday. However, anyone with half of a brain noticed the conservative game plan rolled out by Nick Sirianni. There weren’t many quarterback designed runs, the Giants clogged the box and limited Miles Sanders, and Jalen Hurts got rid of the ball as quickly as possible instead of running RPOs and taking the game into his hands in the red zone.
The threat of Hurts running wasn’t there and rightfully so. The only thing that mattered was winning against the Giants, getting the No. 1 seed with a first round bye, and resting for the week before the playoffs begin. At the end of the day, the Birds did what they had to do to get the job done.
When speaking with the media postgame, Nick Sirianni talked about Hurts and his return from a shoulder sprain that kept him out the previous two weeks and didn’t really instill any hope into Eagles fans who were worried about Hurts’ shoulder injury.
Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts Sunday
Sirianni said that Jalen Hurts certainly didn’t feel perfect playing against the Giants and today, he added more on the subject saying that the Eagles coaching staff knew Hurts was going to “hurt like hell” in the Giants game and that he would be sore after playing.
Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts Today
Sirianni continued to say that he couldn’t answer about Hurts playing through pain the rest of the day.
Sure, that doesn’t sound great but at the same time, of course Hurts is going to feel sore coming off a shoulder sprain and not playing for two weeks. Now, he has another week of rest before the playoffs start and from there, there’s only three games left in the season. I honestly like how he got a game under his belt after injury and learned about how his shoulder would react after missing time. All things considered, it doesn’t look like there was any additional damage done.
I highly doubt the Eagles and Hurts will hold back when the playoffs starts. In the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears, AFTER he sprained his shoulder, here’s what he did.
Jalen Hurts in the 4th quarter of win over the Chicago Bears
6-of-9, 102 yards, 104.9 rating – Rush TD
Oh and his buddy AJ Brown hauled in four catches for 98 of those yards.
Everyone breathe. We’ll be good. Enjoy the Wild Card bye.