There was a lot of talk coming out of the Giants game about how much pain Jalen Hurts’ was in. And that sparked concerns that he may not be at 100% even a couple of weeks later when the Eagles play their first playoff game. So to get some insight on Jalen Hurts’ recovery, and the Eagles’ overall approach to these playoffs, The Best Show Ever talked to Tim McManus. Should we be concerned for Hurts? How much weight should we put on the Eagles’ end-of-regular-season struggles? And just how good was this team in the regular season? They discussed that and more. Here is some of what Tim McManus had to say.
On How Great This Team Was This Regular Season
“It is good to put the big picture point in perspective as the Eagles head into the playoffs as the number 1 seed. With the best record that they have ever had. Coming close to breaking the All-Time sacks record, and breaking their own. With AJ Brown and Devonta Smith doing things at WR that has never been done before. And an MVP candidate in Jalen Hurts. The Eagles are in as good of shape as they have ever been in terms of what they accomplished in the regular season.”
On The Recovery of Jalen Hurts’ Shoulder Sprain
“I think the Eagles believe structurally that the shoulder is fine, and he is not at risk of further injury. But that does not mean he isn’t playing through pain. When you hear the candid comments from Hurts saying how much it took for him to get ready for that game… It is not what Eagles fans want to hear. His understanding is he is going to be playing through pain the rest of the way. Given the comments, there is a possibility that the shoulder is not going to be all the way right…
So how much does that affect him?… Because I think they are going to go no holds barred in the playoffs. Hurts is going to have to absorb more contact against some nasty defenses… Before Hurts got injured it felt very realistic that they would plow through the NFC. And it is still possible. But there are just more questions because of the health status of the QB.”
And you can listen to the full conversation with Tim McManus below…