Eagles injury report: Jalen upsets a non-participant to start another week

As the Eagles began their bye week of preparation for the Saints, quarterback Jalen Hurts was listed as a non-participant on the first injury report of the week.

While the Eagles held a practice session on Wednesday, the injury report anticipates availability at a normal practice.

Doesn’t bode well for his availability against the Saints this Sunday.

Eagles head coach Nick Siriani was intentionally evasive Wednesday when asked about Hurts’ availability for the upcoming game. He wants New Orleans to be forced to prepare for two quarterbacks for as long as possible. The Eagles did this in the lead-up to the Cowboys game the previous week until Hurts pulled out two days before kickoff.

Here’s the full Eagles injury report from Wednesday:

Not practiced: Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Lane Johnson (groin), Evontae Maddox (toe), Miles Sanders (knee)

Limited: AJ Brown (knee), Jordan Davis (concussion)

Hurts was not able to practice until the Cowboys game last week either.

While Siriani said Hearts is feeling better now than last week, he did not provide other details.

“Yeah, we’ll see,” Siriani said of Hearts’ availability this week. “We’ll continue to see how he progresses throughout the week. Does he have a chance? Of course he does, because his body just knows how to heal. He’s freaky. We’ll see what happens as the weeks go on. .

Hurts, 24, suffered a shoulder sprain (reportedly an SC joint sprain) during the Eagles’ Week 15 win over the Bears and missed the Christmas Eve game against the Cowboys. While the Eagles lost that game 40–34, backup quarterback Gardner Minshew played well and the Eagles amassed 422 yards of offense.

The offense’s biggest problem in that game against the Cowboys was turnovers. Minshew threw two picks and the Eagles also lost two fumbles. But other than those critical mistakes, the Eagles’ offense remained humming along and did not produce a single punt.

If the Eagles are able to win against the Saints on Sunday afternoon, they will clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC and that will give Hurts’ shoulder a few extra weeks to heal. Because not only would the Eagles get a first round bye in the NFC, but it would also make Week 18 meaningless for the Eagles’ playoff picture.

The big surprise on the injury report was the incision of running back Miles Sanders with a knee injury. Sanders has been a big part of the Eagles’ offense this year and has passed for over 1,000 yards. If he doesn’t play this weekend, the Eagles will have Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell and Trey Sirman.

Brown’s injury is also a new addition. Reports of the injury did not emerge until after the Eagles’ walkthrough, but Brown was in the locker room on Wednesday and spoke with reporters.

We know that both Johnson and Maddox are going to miss some time because of the injuries they suffered in Saturday’s loss. Johnson has a torn tendon in his abdomen and plans to skip surgery to return to the playoffs. Maddox has a toe injury and is reportedly out indefinitely.

The Eagles did not start CJ Gardner-Johnson’s practice window on Wednesday. The safety/nickel corner has missed at least four games on IR with kidney damage, but does not appear ready to return.

“Just because he’s eligible to return, doesn’t mean he will return, even though I know he wants to return,” Siriani said on Monday. “Again, everybody would like, so we’ll see. It’ll be something we’re just waiting on some results for when he gets those tests.”

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