December 9, 2023

Jalen Hurts “trending in the right direction”, listen as questionable for Sunday


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The Eagles, once again, listed Jalen Hurts as limited in practice on Friday and listed him as questionable for Sunday’s critical game against the New York Giants in South Philadelphia.

Hurts did not practice on Wednesday of last week and was limited on Thursday and Friday. He ended up not playing.

This week, however, he’s been limited all three days with the shoulder injury he suffered against the Bears three weeks ago.

Earlier in the day, Nick Sirianni said Hurts was “trending in the right direction” but also said the team would have to evaluate how Hurts practiced Friday, how he felt after practice, and what the latest medical information was. Seems like a shlep to me.

The Giants, 9-6-1, are locked into the sixth seed and are not expected to play their starters a whole lot or at all. The Eagles, 13-3, need to win to secure the number one seed. The other ally would be in the unlikely event that the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field and the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara. All three games are scheduled for 4:25 pm. I’ll tell you now, do not get your hopes up for Dallas or the 49ers to lose. But, hey, anything is possible.

On the other hand, the good news is that Miles Sanders (knee) was a full participant in practice and does not carry an injury designation, so he is fine to go for Sunday. Sanders played with a brace on his sore left knee last week but said Friday he would not have it Sunday.

Cornerback Zech McPhearson, who missed practice with an illness, was back for a second day and is good.

Out for Sunday are Lane Johnson (groin), Shaun Bradley (wrist), Avonte Maddox (toe), Janarius Robinson (ankle), and Josh Sweat (neck).

The Eagles also released offensive lineman Sua Opera, 26, presumably to make room on the 53-man roster for punter Brett Kern, whose three practice-squad elevations are up. The Eagles don’t have another punter.

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