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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had one of his best outings of the season in Week 7, and he managed to do it while playing with a knee brace on for the entire second half.
Following the Sunday night contest against Miami, questions about Hurts’ health and how/when the apparent injury occurred were being asked my local and national media alike. Hurts told reporters he’d be fine during his postgame press conference, and he’s continued to reiterate that throughout the week.
The Eagles QB was not on the team’s initial injury report on Wednesday, which means he’s been a full participant in practice all week.
When speaking with the Philly media, Hurts’ revealed that his injury didn’t occur during the game and that it certainly didn’t happen while he was running.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been banged up as a runner,” Hurts said Wednesday. “Everything (has) come from within the pocket, in which the illusion or the narrative is that you run the ball more (you’re more likely to get hurt). That’s not always the case. Not here.”
All signs are pointing towards Hurts playing on Sunday in Washington, bearing an unforeseen setback.
Head coach Nick Sirianni was also asked about Hurts’ injury and what it could mean for Sunday’s matchup with the Commanders. He, like Hurts, seemed pretty confident that QB1 would be ready to go.
“We’re confident that he’ll be ready to go, but any time these guys are working through pain and things like that (you’re not sure),” Sirianni said. “We anticipate him to go, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I think he’s feeling better. We’re hopeful there will be no limitations on Sunday.”
While it’s good to know Hurts’ injury isn’t severe, the amount of injuries he’s dealt with since becoming the starter in 2021 are beginning to pile up. He suffered an injured ankle in 2021, which forced him to miss a game. Last year, he sprained his shoulder against Chicago and missed two weeks right before the postseason got underway.
The Eagles’ bye week is right around the corner. They play Washington this week, Dallas the following week, and then they’re off before traveling down to Kansas City. Hopefully, this Hurts injury doesn’t get any worse between now and the team’s Week 10 bye.
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