Philadelphia Eagles QB Hurts' Injury Could Linger Into Playoffs

The Philadelphia Eagles expect their start quarterback Jalen Hurts to be available to play sooner than later, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will be 100%.  According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Hurts' shoulder injury could very well cost him Week 17 and hinder him in the playoffs.

Hurts injured his shoulder in the Eagles' 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15. He played every offensive snap in the game, but further testing during the following week revealed a sprain. He missed the Eagles' Week 16 40-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. His backup Gardner Minshew threw for 355 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Hurts has been an MVP candidate for the 13-2 Eagles this year, but it remains to be seen if his solid play will carry into the playoff, especially if his injury hampers him at all. He had arguably his worst passing performance of the season in Week 15 with his ailing shoulder, throwing a season-high in interceptions (2) and logging a season-low in passer rating (64.6). He also struggled last year in his only-ever playoff game, a 31-15 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2021 season (244 net passing yards, two interceptions, 60.0 passer rating).

Hurts has dominated the league through the air and on the ground this season, amassing 3472 passing yards, 747 rushing yards, and 35 total touchdowns for the league's top-scoring offense. An injury hobbling him in the postseason would be a heart-breaking result for the third-year quarterback.

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