Philadelphia Eagles

Hurts ‘trying to be available' for Washington game


Two weeks ago, Jalen Hurts said he expected to play against the Jets. It didn’t happen.

“In that moment I was hopeful and I had every intention of doing that … and things changed over time,” Hurts said. “Decision was made and it was the right decision."

"As a competitor, you always want to be out there on the field, but in that moment that’s what was best for the team. For everyone’s safety and our future and what we want to accomplish that’s what was best. I don’t regret any decision being made by the people upstairs or myself or whoever it was."

This week, no predictions.

Hurts, now 2 1/2 weeks into rehabbing his ankle injury, was non-committal when asked if he'll be able to play Sunday in the Eagles' crucial NFC East showdown with Washington at the Linc.

Nick Sirianni seemed awfully confident after the Eagles beat the Jets with Gardner Minshew at quarterback that Hurts would be ready for Washington this coming Sunday, but Sirianni said Hurts and Minshew split the reps at walkthrough Wednesday, and Hurts seemed less sure this week that he would play than two weeks ago.

Hurts has been sidelined since suffering a sprained ankle in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 28.

“It’s been a day-by-day thing, coming in here every day, doing everything in my power to make myself available for my team,” Hurts said. “That’s been my mindset, it’s still my mindset. Trying to be available for the team.”

Asked if he suffered a setback, Hurts declined to answer: “I don’t want to get into the details of the injury.”

Minshew completed 80 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles’ 33-18 win over the Jets. His 133.4 passer rating was 9th-highest ever by an Eagles quarterback in a road game [minimum 20 attempts].

“It was great,” Hurts said of watching Minshew. “It was great seeing everybody compete, seeing everybody bounce back from the week before and obviously seeing him go out there and take advantage of the opportunity he had. Happy to see him step in and get a win for us that we really needed.

“He went out there and he’s done the things he’s done throughout his career. He played a good game and I’m happy for him.”

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