Week 15 went very differently for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Philly won on the road. Dallas lost their road game in overtime. One more win by the Birds this season (or a loss by the Cowboys) would assure them home-field advantage and the top seed in the postseason. It appeared that they could have accomplished both in one fell swoop on Christmas Eve. There’s just one issue. Jalen Hurts is injured.
According to multiple reports, including one by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Philly’s QB1 is uncertain to play versus Dallas in Week 16. The injury is believed to have occurred during the third quarter of Week 15’s game when Chicago Bears defensive end Trevis Gipson drove him into the ground.
The Philadelphia Eagles figure to be without Jalen Hurts for a pair of games. Gardner Minshew will fill in.
A Week 16 start is highly unlikely. Week 17 may be up in the air as well. There’s a bright side here as, according to Philly Inquirer mainstay Jeff McLane, Jalen is only expected to miss a couple of games. Gardner Minshew is the next man up. The Birds will, no doubt activate Ian Book on game day for the first time this season to serve as Minshew’s backup.
Gardner is more than capable of providing quality snaps as a fill-in. He started two games a season ago, winning one and dropping another as Philly’s starter. The loss ironically came versus the Cowboys. He’s 8-14 as a starting quarterback during his four seasons in the NFL.
This will most certainly add fuel to the fire for everyone who has been in the ‘Jalen Hurts is put in harm’s way too often camp’, but again, there is a bright side. Hurts injury is only expected to sideline him for, at a maximum, two games. That means he’ll be available for the postseason. For Eagles fans, that last nugget is music to the ears.