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Hurts' status for Jets up in the air with ankle injury

 

Jalen Hurts is dealing with a sore ankle, and Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was unable to say Monday whether Hurts will be able to start against the Jets on Sunday.

Hurts took a number of big hits during the Eagles’ 13-7 loss to the Giants Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and was hobbled by the end of the game.

"He’s sore right now,” Sirianni said. "I’m going to have more information for you on Wednesday. Not putting any time (projections) on him or anything like that. We’ll see how he’s doing as the week goes, but he was sore (Sunday).”

"I’m hopeful, Jalen’s hopeful that he’ll play. You’ve got to see how things go. We’ll see how the rehab the next two days goes.”

Hurts is one of 15 NFL quarterbacks to start all his team’s games so far. He’s taken every meaningful snap for the Eagles this year. Gardner Minshew played 14 snaps at the end of the 44-6 win over the Lions and threw two passes, but other than that Hurts has played every offensive snap - 766 of them.

Because so much of Hurts’ game is his running ability, an ankle injury could potentially affect him more than a traditional pocket passer. 

Hurts has rushed for 967 yards in 16 career starts, second-most ever by a quarterback in his first 16 starts. Lamar Jackson rushed for 1,258.

Hurts is 9th in the NFL this year with 695 rushing yards and 6th with eight touchdowns. His 5.7 rushing average is 4th-best in the league, behind Nick Chubb, Jonathan Taylor and Jackson, who are all at 5.8.

The Eagles are scheduled to begin the practice week on Wednesday. They have one game remaining before the bye week. They return to MetLife Stadium for the second time in eight days and face the Jets at 1 p.m. Sunday.

If Hurts is unable to play, Minshew would make his 21st career start. He was 7-13 in 20 starts over the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Jaguars with 37 touchdown passes and just 11 interceptions. He has a 93.1 career passer rating, which is 20th-highest in NFL history among QBs who’ve thrown at least 750 passes.

Joe Flacco began the season as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback, but never got into a game and was traded to the Jets last month.

The Eagles also have Reid Sinnett on the practice squad. Sinnett, 24, played college football at San Diego. He’s also spent time with the Buccaneers and Dolphins but has never appeared in a regular-season game.

Carson Wentz played every meaningful snap for the Eagles in 2016, his rookie year, but the last QB to play every meaningful snap for the Eagles before that was Donovan McNabb in 2001. 

https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/eagles-qb-jalen-hurts-status-jets-air-ankle-injury

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If he's not 100% with that ankle and he's not going to be able to be as dynamic as he usually is then he should sit. He's not a QB who you can ask to do less with his legs because the results will be pretty disastrous. 

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1 hour ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

If he's not 100% with that ankle and he's not going to be able to be as dynamic as he usually is then he should sit. He's not a QB who you can ask to do less with his legs because the results will be pretty disastrous. 

I don't think the front office wants to see Minshew effectively seeing the field, reading progressions, getting the ball out accurately to the right open receiver.  That would highlight how deficient hurts is at this level.  Minshew is as good as Mayfield on a good day.  He's a decent back up who throws much better than our starter.  Would love to have him play.

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1 hour ago, weko said:

I don't think the front office wants to see Minshew effectively seeing the field, reading progressions, getting the ball out accurately to the right open receiver.  That would highlight how deficient hurts is at this level.  Minshew is as good as Mayfield on a good day.  He's a decent back up who throws much better than our starter.  Would love to have him play.

And this is why I am just about to give up on the pro game. Or the Eagles specifically. Or maybe football all together. The backroom micromanagement and manipulation to maintain the image of being competent when it comes to player selection, the dictation of playing time due to contracts or potential trade values, etc. etc. ... just play to freaking win. That's all fans care about. And it all takes a back seat to analytics, manipulation of player values, and the desire to save face resulting in the meddling interference of a GM and owner who want to be tinkerers. 

(Edit - it happens in college, too. I have a relative who is visiting universities. Was given a tour of a top ten football team facility. The sheer entitlement, coddling, and embarrassment of riches invested in a recruit to attract them, keep them there, and provide an excess of privilege and self-indulgence is obscene. Meanwhile, real everyday heroes in the world are underpaid, under-valued, and underappreciated. And such is life.) 

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2 hours ago, weko said:

I don't think the front office wants to see Minshew effectively seeing the field, reading progressions, getting the ball out accurately to the right open receiver.  That would highlight how deficient hurts is at this level.  Minshew is as good as Mayfield on a good day.  He's a decent back up who throws much better than our starter.  Would love to have him play.

Why don't the FO want to see that? They aren't invested in Hurts anyway. 

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1 hour ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

Why don't the FO want to see that? They aren't invested in Hurts anyway. 

Lurie is big time invested in Hurts.  He made the pick

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2 hours ago, Eldereagle1 said:

And this is why I am just about to give up on the pro game. Or the Eagles specifically. Or maybe football all together. The backroom micromanagement and manipulation to maintain the image of being competent when it comes to player selection, the dictation of playing time due to contracts or potential trade values, etc. etc. ... just play to freaking win. That's all fans care about. And it all takes a back seat to analytics, manipulation of player values, and the desire to save face resulting in the meddling interference of a GM and owner who want to be tinkerers. 

(Edit - it happens in college, too. I have a relative who is visiting universities. Was given a tour of a top ten football team facility. The sheer entitlement, coddling, and embarrassment of riches invested in a recruit to attract them, keep them there, and provide an excess of privilege and self-indulgence is obscene. Meanwhile, real everyday heroes in the world are underpaid, under-valued, and underappreciated. And such is life.) 

Howie is making about 2 mil a year i think.  He is the ultimate Dilbert corporate politician/survivor. The money he makes is real world for him.  Lurie drafted Whiteside and Hurts, maybe others.  Howie covers for Lurie by taking ownership of the picks and talking them up.  "We really like how player X is developing. The coaching staff is pleased with their development and we have high hopes for him.  We are very happy with...we have all the confidence in..."  That's what comes out of Howie's mouth and he takes responsibility for the owner's bad picks.  Lurie knows Howie has his back no matter what.   

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6 hours ago, weko said:

I don't think the front office wants to see Minshew effectively seeing the field, reading progressions, getting the ball out accurately to the right open receiver.  That would highlight how deficient hurts is at this level.  Minshew is as good as Mayfield on a good day.  He's a decent back up who throws much better than our starter.  Would love to have him play.

So Lurie and Howie wouldn't want to be called geniuses for acquiring Minshew for pennies on the dollar and snagging a potential franchise QB by swindling the Jaguars and giving up only a 6th round pick? Why would Lurie greenlight the trade in the first place rather than signing someone else who sucks to make sure his pick doesn't look bad?

I feel like you have to do mental jumping jacks to make conspiracy theories like this make sense. 

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52 minutes ago, Kz! said:

So Lurie and Howie wouldn't want to be called geniuses for acquiring Minshew for pennies on the dollar and snagging a potential franchise QB by swindling the Jaguars and giving up only a 6th round pick? Why would Lurie greenlight the trade in the first place rather than signing someone else who sucks to make sure his pick doesn't look bad?

I feel like you have to do mental jumping jacks to make conspiracy theories like this make sense. 

taters gonna tate

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9 hours ago, weko said:

Howie is making about 2 mil a year i think.  He is the ultimate Dilbert corporate politician/survivor. The money he makes is real world for him.  Lurie drafted Whiteside and Hurts, maybe others.  Howie covers for Lurie by taking ownership of the picks and talking them up.  "We really like how player X is developing. The coaching staff is pleased with their development and we have high hopes for him.  We are very happy with...we have all the confidence in..."  That's what comes out of Howie's mouth and he takes responsibility for the owner's bad picks.  Lurie knows Howie has his back no matter what.   

Bingo!

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