The Philadelphia Eagles will reunite with their QB1 with the No. 1 seed on the line.
Jalen Hurts is scheduled to play against the New York Giants on Sunday after missing the clubs’ previous two games with a pulled right shoulder, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Saturday at the NFL GameDay Kickoff.
Garafolo added that Hurts, who has been restricted to training all week, threw the ball extremely well and is not at risk of re-injury.
Philadelphia went 0-2 in its games without Hurts after dropping just one contest in its first 14.
The superstar quarterback had a stellar season that put him firmly in the MVP mix the moment he fell. He threw for 3,472 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 747 extra yards and 13 scores with his feet.
Although backup Gardner Minshew was helpful in his two relief starts, completing 42 of 72 passes for 629 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions (plus a rushing touchdown), Hurts taking the field back provides a much-needed jolt for a team which has been in a holding pattern since week 15.
This will be the third week in a row that the Eagles can capture both the NFC East and the NFC’s No. 1 seed with a victory. A Philadelphia loss to New York, coupled with a Dallas victory over Washington, would cede control of the division to the Cowboys despite the Eagles operating from pole position for virtually all of 2022.
A loss would also allow the 49ers to take home field advantage with a win over the Cardinals — or allow the rival Cowboys to add the No. 1 seed to their division title with a win if the Niners also fall.
Beyond those massive implications, Hurts’ impending return also gets the offense in sync ahead of what the Eagles are hoping will be a deep playoff run. Hurts should have faced at least a month of rust before playoff football had he been out another week.
Instead, the Eagles are hoping to build a big early lead, which will help Hurts reacclimate but also give them the chance to re-enter Minshew with the game in hand to protect their QB franchise. The chance to do so is made more likely by the fact that the Giants plan to rest key starters such as quarterback Daniel Jones, Garafolo reported, the sources say.
It also can’t hurt that Philadelphia activated safety CJ Gardner-Johnson and defensive end Robert Quinn from injured reserve Saturday ahead of the regular season finale.
They’ll all get a chance to get their legs back when the Eagles and Giants kick off Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.