Jalen Hurts' Status for NFC Wild Card Game vs Bucs: Hand Injury Update

NFL Playoff Excitement Builds as Eagles Face Buccaneers.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Jalen Hurts' Status for NFC Wild Card Game vs Bucs: Hand Injury Update
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Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has experienced a rollercoaster of a season in his fourth year in the NFL. The former Alabama Crimson Tide and Oklahoma standout has seen his performance fluctuate compared to his MVP-caliber 2022 season, which ultimately had an impact on the Eagles' 2023 campaign.

Despite facing a right finger injury, Hurts is determined to take the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC wild-card round game scheduled for Monday night. His resilience and commitment to his team's success have been unwavering, and he aims to prove himself by leading the Eagles to the divisional round.

The injury that has been the talk of the town occurred during the Eagles' Week 18 showdown with the New York Giants. In the second quarter of the game, Hurts found himself in the medical tent after colliding with Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke while attempting a fourth-and-three pass.

Remarkably, Hurts soldiered on, enduring the pain and participating in the next quarter without missing a single snap. Coach Nick Sirianni later opted to rest his starters, giving Hurts a much-needed break. According to reports from ESPN, Hurts has been diligently rehabilitating his injured hand and showcased his determination by attempting passes in practice on Friday.

All signs point towards Hurts taking the reins of the Eagles' offense in the crucial wild-card matchup against the Buccaneers.

New Receiving Corps Challenge

However, this playoff journey will be unlike any other for Hurts, as he will be without his favorite target, A.J.

Brown, who was acquired from the Tennessee Titans during the 2022 Draft. Hurts will now rely on the receiving prowess of DeVonta Smith, Julio Jones, and Quez Watkins to propel him through his first playoff game of the 2023-24 season.

Examining Hurts' performance this season, he has displayed a commendable level of play, even though some of his statistics have dipped compared to the previous year. Hurts has amassed 3,858 passing yards, marking a career-high, along with 23 passing touchdowns, also a career-best.

However, his interceptions have risen to a career-high of 15 this season. On the rushing front, he recorded 605 yards, the lowest since his rookie year, and an impressive 15 rushing touchdowns, setting another career high in 17 games.

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