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Hurts limited again, casting doubt on availability vs. Washington

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Jalen Hurts was limited again on Thursday, which means his status for Sunday’s game against Washington is up in the air.

Hurts has been dealing with an ankle injury suffered in the loss to the Jets a couple weeks ago. If Hurts can’t play, the Eagles will turn to Gardner Minshew, who was very good against the Jets before the bye.

During the portion of Thursday’s practice that was open to reporters, Hurts appeared to have somewhat limited mobility relative to what we normally see from him. And as Minshew and third-stringer Reid Sinnett jogged from drill to drill, Hurts walked behind them. He also appeared to have both ankles taped.

None of that means Hurts will miss Sunday’s game, but it’s reasonable at this point to have some doubt.

During drills, Hurts was up first, his traditional spot as the starter.

The Eagles held their first practice of the week on Thursday. They began the week with a walkthrough on Wednesday and Hurts was listed as limited in the estimated injury report.

While the Eagles have simply said Hurts has an ankle sprain, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported a week ago that the injury is actually a high ankle sprain, which comes with a longer timetable to recovery.

During the bye week, Hurts stayed in the area and came to the facility for treatment.

“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 on Wednesday. “That’s been my mindset, it’s still my mindset. Trying to be available for the team.”

 

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When asked if he suffered a setback, Hurts said, “I don’t want to get into the details of the injury.”

If Hurts can’t play this week, at least they’ll have Minshew, who completed 20 fo 25 passes for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jets. And against a Washington defense that has been decimated by COVID-19 cases this week, Minshew would presumably have a chance to be very successful again.

Here’s the Eagles’ full injury report from Thursday:

Limited: Hurts (ankle), Jordan Howard (knee), Miles Sanders (ankle), Patrick Johnson (back)

Full: Lane Johnson (rest), Jason Kelce (ankle, rest), Derek Barnett (neck), Steve Nelson (shoulder).