Eagles' Jalen Hurts has sore ankle; can he play vs. Jets? Another O-lineman lost for season

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  • Jalen Hurts
    Jalen Hurts
    American football quarterback
  • Nick Sirianni
    Nick Sirianni
    American football coach

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that Jalen Hurts' ankle is sore and that there won't be any update on his condition until later in the week.

That includes whether or not Hurts will be able to play this Sunday in the Eagles' game against the New York Jets.

Hurts injured his ankle on a sack with about 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter during the Eagles' 13-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

A teammate stepped on Hurts' ankle as he was trying to escape pressure on a third-down play. As the Eagles' offense came off the field for the punting unit, Hurts went to the sideline to get his ankle taped.

Hurts never came out of the game, but he did acknowledge after the game that his ankle was hurt. When asked when it happened, Hurts said: "One of those plays."

"I'm not there yet," Sirianni said when asked if there's a risk that Hurts won't be able to play against the Jets.

"I don't want to put a timetable on anything," Sirianni added. "I'm hopeful; Jalen's hopeful that he'll play. You gotta see how these things go. We'll see how the rehab goes the next two days, and then I'll have more of an update on Wednesday."

Gardner Minshew is the Eagles' backup quarterback. The Eagles traded for him on Aug. 27. He has thrown just two passes this season, completing both for 11 yards in mop-up duty against the Lions on Oct. 31.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to throw in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to throw in the second half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

Hurts' strength, of course, is his running ability, and an ankle injury can have an impact on that if he plays through it.

Hurts ran for 77 yards on eight carries against the Giants and has 695 yards rushing for the season. No Eagles quarterback has ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.

Hurts, however, struggled passing against the Giants, completing just 14 of 31 passes for 129 yards. He threw a career-high three interceptions. For the season, Hurts has completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,435 yards. He has 13 TDs and eight INTs, with a passer rating of 83.9.

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Other injuries

Sirianni said the Eagles lost another offensive lineman for the rest of the season in right guard Jack Driscoll. Sirianni said Driscoll will go on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

Because this will be Driscoll's second time on IR, he can't return this season. Driscoll was replacing Brandon Brooks, who went on IR after suffering a pectoral muscle strain in Week 2.

Sirianni said he won't have any updates on Brooks until after the Eagles' bye on Dec. 12. The Eagles lost left guard Isaac Seumalo for the season with a torn Achilles in Week 3. Rookie Landon Dickerson has replaced him.

Sirianni wouldn't say who would start in Driscoll's place on Sunday. Nate Herbig replaced Driscoll when he left in the third quarter. But the Eagles also have Sua Opeta.

In the first quarter, Herbig had replaced Jason Kelce at center when Kelce left with a knee injury. Kelce returned in the third quarter. Sirianni said Kelce was sore Monday and that he'll know more about his status on Wednesday.

Kelce has started 117 straight games, the longest active streak among NFL centers.

"We have some good options, I think," Sirianni said.

In addition, Sirianni said both running backs Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are "heading in the right direction." Howard, who had 274 yards rushing in the previous four games, sat out against the Giants with a knee injury.

Sanders left in the fourth quarter when he hurt his ankle. Sanders had 64 yards rushing Sunday.

That left Boston Scott and rookie Kenny Gainwell as the only running backs on the roster.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts injured his ankle, status for Jets unknown

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