Jalen Hurts Is Practicing Without A Knee Brace
One of the Eagle’s biggest concerns the past several weeks has been the health of Jalen Hurts. All you have to do is watch him move around, and you can tell something is wrong. It has not kept him off the field, or impacted his ability to throw the ball, but it is impacting his ability to run. His rushing numbers, outside of QB sneak TDS, are way down this year. And there was a scary moment in the Cowboys game where he took a hit to the injured knee.
But on the other side of the bye week, it seems like we are getting some good news. When Jalen Hurts spoke to the media yesterday, he confirmed that he was practicing without the knee brace, and that the bye week helped with the healing process.
Geoff Mosher on Twitter: "#Eagles QB Jalen Hurts said he didn't wear the knee brace at practice, said the time off has been good for healing. pic.twitter.com/j1sBAjiNu0 / Twitter"
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts said he didn't wear the knee brace at practice, said the time off has been good for healing. pic.twitter.com/j1sBAjiNu0
Does that mean he is healthy and ready to start running? We don’t know. We won’t know for sure until he is on the field. Most likely he will still need some time for what we are being told is a bone bruise to heal. But it is a great sign that he is getting closer to full health.
And the good news is that he has been playing at a high level despite the injury. He has 8 TDs in the last 3 weeks, 805 yards, and a completion percentage over 70% in all 3 games. Hurts also scampered for a couple of first downs, even if he did not look right in the process of doing so. But despite that success, it would be nice to have that extra aspect to his game back.
The Eagles have a tough stretch coming up, with the Chiefs up next Monday Night. They have gotten by without Hurts running the ball much so far this year, but at some point, they may need to rely on that aspect of his game.
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The 9 Numbers The Eagles Have Retired, And 8 More They Should
The Eagles have been around for a long time. They were founded in 1933, making then the 8th oldest team in the NFL. And some of those teams older than them have either moved or changed their name in that time, while the Eagles have always been the Eagles, except for one year in the 40s where they merged with the Steelers to become the Steagles.
Throughout those 80+ years of existence, things have not always been great. In the 40s they were a near dynasty, winning two National Championships at the end of the decade. Then in 1960, they took down the juggernaut that was Vince Lombardi’s Packers. But once the Super Bowl era started, the Eagles winning ways ended. It took until 1980 for them to make a Super Bowl, and until 2017 to win one. The Andy Reid era featured a ton of wins, just not in the most important game of the year.
But despite the lack of Super Bowl Rings until recently, thee have still been a lot of great players to come through Philly. Some All-Time great players. The likes of Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Brian Dawkins, and more. In fact the Eagles have sent 25 players to the Hall of Fame.
But there is an honor even more rare, saved for only the greatest Eagles of All Time. Having your Jersey retired. So far only 9 players have been given that honor. But are there more on the way? Lets first look at the 9 guys whose Jersey numbers have already been retired. And then lets look at the cases of 8 more guys who may have a shot at one day seeing their numbers up there among the other greats in Eagles history.
Here are the Eagles who have already had their numbers retired: