Eagles news: Jalen Hurts takes positive step, ESPN analysts choose sides

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

It feels like it has been six months since we watched Jalen Hurts get taken down during the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Week 15 triumph versus the Chicago Bears. That’s because NFL injuries can make all of us feel like time is moving at a much slower pace than it is. Here’s something else that can make you feel as though time is moving at a snail’s pace… bye weeks.

Don’t get us wrong. No one is complaining about the Birds’ time off. It was needed to help some important players rest and get healthy. Guys like Lane Johnson come to mind, but there are some questions being asked about potential rust and just how healthy Hurts is. A positive sign came on Tuesday.

Head coach Nick Sirianni stated Jalen would be a “full go” during Philadelphia’s session on Tuesday. It does, however, need to be mentioned that practice on that day was limited to a walkthrough.

All eyes remain glued to the most famous shoulder in Philadelphia, the one belonging to Eagles QB Jalen Hurts.

If you’re like many of us, solving mathematical equations isn’t the most desirable way to spend one’s free time, especially when weeks can pass without any of us using algebra or calculus, but how to add and subtract is second nature at this point of our lives.

Why is that important? It’s simple. It wasn’t that long ago that esteemed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Schwartz discussed his theories on S.C. joint injuries and the typical timetable for recovery. He was of the belief that QB1 would need six weeks for a full recovery and about eight to be free of discomfort, but that would be the diagnosis if he wasn’t playing football. All of you quick math studies out there just had the same thoughts cross your minds that crossed ours when we heard him say that.

Hurts is a warrior. We know Jalen Hurts will play in the Divisional Round, but we also know that there’s no way he’ll be one hundred percent healthy. We expect an Eagles victory, but phrases like ‘survive and advance’ take on a whole new meaning now, don’t they?

The goal is simple. Get the win and move on to the NFC Championship Game.

More Eagles news: Possible outcomes for Eagles versus Giants are discussed on ESPN’s ‘First Take’.

Three teams have been eliminated on both sides of the NFL’s playoff bracket, and on the National Football Conference’s side, three teams from the NFC East are still in the hunt. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Santa Clara to face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. The Eagles and Giants wage war on Saturday night.

Bart Scott, Keyshawn Johnson, and former Eagle Herman Edwards gave their opinions on who they think will win. Thank ESPN’s YouTube channel for the clip.

There you have it. Scott rolls with the G-Men. Herm and Keysawn are siding with the Birds. We won’t have to wait too much longer to see who’s correct.

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