Jalen Hurts was able to power through a shoulder injury against the Bears on Sunday, leading the Eagles to their 13th win of the season, but Philadelphia might be planning to play it safe ahead of a Christmas Eve matchup with the Cowboys.
The MVP candidate appeared to be in some pain after taking a hit against Chicago, though not many were questioning his status moving forward after he made some impressive throws down the stretch. With new reports about the severity of the injury emerging Monday, though, Hurts’ status could be changing.
The Eagles’ hopes go beyond just the regular season, and there’s little doubt the franchise will take every precaution to ensure Hurts is fully healthy entering the playoffs with a first-round bye nearly in hand.
Here’s what you need to know about Hurts’ shoulder injury and status moving forward.
Jalen Hurts injury update
Hurts’ status for Saturday’s game against the Cowboys is “in doubt,” according to NFL Network, which reports that the MVP contender is dealing with a sprained shoulder.
star QB Jalen Hurts’ status is in doubt for Saturday’s game against the because of a sprained throwing shoulder suffered in the third quarter Sunday, sources tell me, and . The injury isn’t considered long term.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
NFL Network also reports Hurts’ injury isn’t believed to be a long-term issue, which is another good sign along with the fact the third-year quarterback was able to play through the issue late Sunday’s win over the Bears.
I’m told there is no doubt:
Jalen Hurts will be ready for the playoffs. I’m told the sprained shoulder is not considered serious.
Jalen’s status for Saturday in Dallas is in doubt.
Source says x-rays were negative. Nothing was broken. An MRI diagnosed a sprained right shoulder
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS)
While Hurts hasn’t officially been ruled out, the writing appears to be on the wall for the Eagles to play it safe with their star quarterback. Philadelphia is 13-1 and is on the verge of comfortably securing the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
If Hurts can’t play in Dallas, Gardner Minshew would start for the Eagles. Minshew started two games for Philadelphia last season and made 20 starts with the Jaguars between 2019 and 2020.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy when asked about preparing for the Eagles after news surfaced that QB Jalen Hurts sprained his throwing shoulder: “We’ll be ready for both quarterbacks.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota)
If the Eagles can lock up a first-round bye, they’ll still have more than a month until their first playoff game for Hurts to get healthy. There is no indication the Eagles are planning to hold Hurts out beyond Week 16, but his status will be worth monitoring if he does miss Saturday’s matchup.
Eagles QB depth chart
Hurts has started every game for the Eagles this season, but Gardner Minshew would get the call if he can’t play against Dallas.
Minshew started two games for the Eagles last season when Hurts missed two games due to an ankle injury. He has plenty of experience as a starter with the Jaguars, having made 20 starts between 2019 and 2020.
Unless Philadelphia adds another quarterback, Ian Book would serve as Minshew’s backup if Hurts is inactive. Book, a fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2021, started one game for the Saints last season.