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As we all know, Eagles signal caller Jalen Hurts sprained his right shoulder about a month ago and missed two of the final three games because of it.
He suited up for the regular season finale against New York to ensure his team secured the number one seed in the NFC, but it was pretty obvious that the QB was not 100 percent.
After a full bye week to get healthier, Hurts will be a full-go for the Eagles divisional round rematch with New York Saturday night. Given the history between these two teams and the high stakes environment, we should expect Giants defenders to try and hit Hurts as early and as often as possible.
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The Eagles QB understands that. When asked about it on Tuesday, he was completely unfazed by the possibility.
“It’s football. I’ve got a bounty on me every week I go out there on the field,” Hurts said. “So, I’m going to go out there and just play my game, and whatever happens, happens.”
Hurts was absent from the first Eagles injury report of the week, which is obviously a great sign. Head coach Nick Sirianni also indicated that Hurts is close to fully healthy, stating that the quarterback is feeling better than he was two weeks ago prepping for Week 18.
Not only does Hurts understand that Giants defenders will likely try to target his bad shoulder, it seems like the entire Eagles team is on the same page. LT Jordan Mailata wasn’t shy about voicing his thoughts on the matter.
“If he’s got a bounty, I’ve got a bounty,” said Mailata. “It’s my job to make sure that bounty isn’t claimed and do everything I can to execute the right technique and the right plays, and make sure he stays clean and I stay dirty.”
At the end of the day, everyone’s a little banged up this time of year. If you can play, you play. It’s the unspoken rule of football at this level.
Don’t expect Hurts to shy away from contact or play timid Saturday night. Even if his shoulder is bothering him, you won’t be able to tell.
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