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Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has a Sprained Shoulder
On Sunday, December 18th, 2022 the Philadelphia Eagles young superstar quarterback, Jalen Hurts, sprained his right (throwing) shoulder against the Chicago Bears, in the Philadelphia Eagles win with a final score of 39 to 30. This latest injury for Hurts leaves his availability in question for this Saturday, December 24th, 2022 for a much - anticipated match - up versus the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium located in Arlington, Texas.
The Philadelphia Eagles Back - Up Quarterback
This injury is definitely not cthought to be a long - term ailment, but if Hurts can't play Christmas Eve, then the Philadelphia Eagles veteran back - up quarterback in Gardner Minshew will get the start this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys.
Any time missed by Hurts will be in consideration of him getting the back toughness and use of his throwing shoulder so that he is back to 100 % for the remainder of the 2022 - 2023 season of the National Football League.
The injury just so happened to go down at the conclusion of the 3rd - quarter last Sunday versus the Chicago Bears when Hurts was pile - driven into the gridiron by the Chicago Bears defensive lineman, Trevis Gipson, after a 3 - yard rushing attempt by Jalen.
Hurts managed to stay on the field for only a few minutes after the heavy - duty hit, but he found the way to miraculously continue to play as Jalen finished the football game last Sunday on the 18th of December, 2022. Hurts passed for 315 - passing yards to go along with his 2 - interceptions while running the ball for 61 - rushing yards as well as 3 - touchdowns during the Philadelphia Eagles 25 to 20 win over the Chicago Bears last weekend.
"It wasn't the first time I've been slow [to get up], it won't be the last," the injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurts, expressed. "I did play a really physical game, and it was really cold, too. So happy we were able to find a win and, in the end, find a way."
"That was part of our game plan against the defense we were looking at," the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Sirianni, stated. "It's not necessarily quarterback-centric, but you're reading things on the back side and sometimes, just like Fields pulled some, too."
Hurts Taking a lot of Hits
Last Sunday Hurts rushed the football for a team - high 17 - times. The Chicago Bears compiled 13 - quarterback hits on Hurts which was good for the 3rd - highest total throughout Week - 15 of the 2022 - 2023 NFL season. Jalen’s 184 - quarterback contacts on the year are the 3rd - most, behind just Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears with 202 - contacts as well as Daniel Jones of the New York Giants with 186 - QB contacts.
The Philadelphia Eagles Standings
The Philadelphia Eagles, who are now 13 and 1, are seeking just one more victory during the 2022 - 2023 NFL regular season in order to clinch the number - 1 seed in the entire NFC. There is a decent chance that Minshew will be the signal caller under center for the Philadelphia Eagles when they face off versus the Dallas Cowboys as the Philadelphia Eagles attempt to clinch the NFC East division title as well as home - field advantage throughout the 2022 - 2023 NFL playoffs.
The recent breaking news of Jalen’s injury also showed a major impact on the odds for Hurts to win the regular - season NFL MVP award. Hurts started the previous week as the odds - on favorite (listed at -145) on Monday morning according to Caesars Sportsbook, but by 4 p. m. the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, became the new Caesars Sportsbook odds - on favorite at - 150.
The Dallas Cowboys were listed as a 6.5 - point underdog vs. the Philadelphia Eagles for their week - 6 game of the NFL’s regular - season in Philadelphia. The Dallas Cowboys superstar veteran starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, was forced to miss the 1st - match - up this year against the Philadelphia Eagles due to a previous injury.
The 26 - year - old Gardner Minshew filled in for the injured Jalen Hurts last December, and he went 20 - of - 25 which was good for 242 - passing yards as well as 2 - touchdowns during a Philadelphia Eagles victory over the New York Jets last year.
So far this NFL regular - season, Hurts has had an amazing breakout season as he has racked - up 35 - total touchdowns (22 - passing touchdowns & 13 - rushing touchdowns). That ties Randall Cunningham's Philadelphia Eagles NFL franchise record. Hurts has also passed for 3,472 - yards while rushing for 747 - yards throughout the Eagles initial 14 - games this year. Jalen has had only 5 - passes picked off, and Hurts is completing 67.3 % of his pass attempts so far this season.
Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- College Football Playoffs National Champion (2017)
- Sugar Bowl Offensive MVP Award Winner (2017)
- Big - 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award Winner (2019)
- First - Team All - Big - 12 Selection (2019)
- SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2016)
- SEC Freshman of the Year Award Winner (2016)
- First - Team All - SEC Selection (2016)
“Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has sprained shoulder”, Tim McManus, espn.com, Monday, December 19, 2022.
“Jalen Hurts”, pro-football-reference.com, Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
Written by: David Green