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Eagles QB Jalen Hurts still dealing with shoulder injury: 'It's a good thing there's a bye week'

Even with Jalen Hurts and the Eagles more than a week away from their first playoff game, there's still concern over the health of the standout quarterback.

Hurts spoke on Thursday after he did not throw in practice earlier in the day, still bothered by a right shoulder injury. He acknowledged that the Eagles earning the NFC’s No. 1 seed and first-round playoff bye will be extra beneficial to him while he navigates working through the shoulder discomfort.

"It's a good thing there's a bye week," Hurts said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hurts wouldn't deny the chance that he could still be less than 100% healthy for the Eagles' first playoff game next Saturday or Sunday, adding: "But I've played injured before."

Hurts started in Week 18 against the Giants, completing 20 of 35 passes for 229 yards and an interception. It was his first action since suffering the shoulder injury in Week 15 against the Bears, and Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said after the last game that Hurts was "hurting like hell."

The Eagles will host either the Seahawks, Giants, Cowboys or Buccaneers in the divisional round of the playoffs, either on Jan. 21 or 22 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The team's other two quarterbacks, Gardner Minshew and Ian Book, picked up the throwing slack in Thursday's practice. Minshew started and finished both games down the stretch that Hurts missed, throwing for 629 yards, three TDs and three picks in the two games, plus a rushing score. Book, a 2021 fourth-rounder who was claimed off waivers from the Saints in August, appeared in one game for New Orleans a year ago, an emergency start where he was sacked eight times and picked twice.

Hurts finished the regular season with 3,701 pass yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, also rushing for 760 yards and 13 more touchdowns. He's considered one of the favorites for the 2022 Most Valuable Player award.

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