After the Eagles’ 28-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, Jalen Hurts said their bye week selfishly could not have come at a better time. And as they returned to practice on Thursday, Hurts was encouraging about the benefits of the extra rest.
“Yeah, definitely got some time out of it,” Hurts said on Thursday. “That was the one thing that I kept saying.”
Hurts also confirmed an excellent sign that he was not sporting a sleeve or brace on his left knee during the first practice of the week as the Eagles prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. He has been dealing with a reportedly bone bruise in his left knee for several weeks. It was obvious Hurts was hindered by the injury before the bye. Against the Cowboys and the Washington Commanders in Weeks 8 and 9, Hurts had a total of 42 yards rushing and was limping.
“Yeah, I think time is a sign of progress,” Hurts said. “As I said, the bye week came at a great time. We all took advantage of that or tried to take advantage of that time off. Everything is trending forward.”
With the injury, however, against the Commanders Hurts completed 76% of his passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, and against the Cowboys, he completed 73% of his passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time all season, cementing himself into the MVP conversation.
But for Hurts to be at the top of his game, he needs to have more mobility than we saw in those games prior to the bye week.
Hurts has dealt with injuries in back-to-back Decembers, so the thought of him being healthier for this playoff push is exciting.
Here is the Eagles’ Friday injury report: