Jalen Hurts’ status uncertain for Eagles’ Week 17 game

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who will miss Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a sprained shoulder, is also uncertain whether he will play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 17, league sources told ESPN.

Hurts is recovering from what doctors are calling an SC sprain in his throwing shoulder — an injury to the joint where the collarbone meets the sternum. The Eagles will want to see how this weekend plays out in the NFC playoffs and how Hurts’ shoulder responds to rest and treatment before deciding whether the MVP candidate can play against the Saints on New Year’s Day.

The Eagles (13-1) need to win one of their remaining three games — they finish the schedule with home games against the Saints and Giants — to clinch the NFC’s top seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs.

If the Eagles can win Saturday in Dallas, they won’t have to risk Hurts next week against the Saints. But if they lose Saturday, Hurts will push to play against New Orleans even if he is not fully healthy, as is expected to be the case, according to sources.

Gardner Minshew will replace Hurts as the Eagles’ starting quarterback Saturday against the rival Cowboys. Minshew is in the final year of his contract and is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.

Minshew has performed well in the spot for the Eagles before, going 20 of 25 and throwing a pair of touchdowns for an injured Hurts last December against the Jets.

The Eagles know how tough Hurts is and believe he will beat all expected recovery timelines given by their doctors. Hurts suffered the injury in the third quarter of last Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears and still finished the game. He did not want to tell anyone he was injured, according to sources.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said last week that the organization will take it day by day regarding Hurts’ availability against the Saints, stressing that Hurts “did everything he could” to get physically ready to play in Saturday’s NFC East- settlement.

“He tried like crazy,” Sirianni said. “And I know he still wants to go. Jalen Hurts is the toughest player I’ve ever been around.”

Hurts, 24, has had a breakout season in 2022, accounting for 35 total touchdowns (22 passing, 13 rushing) to tie Randall Cunningham’s franchise record while passing for 3,472 yards and rushing for 747 yards in 14 games. He has only had five passes intercepted and is completing 67.3% of his attempts.

ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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