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Is Jalen Hurts starting in Week 17 vs. the Saints?

The Eagles QB missed last week’s loss to the Cowboys with a shoulder injury. We update you on his status for Sunday vs. New Orleans.

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the fourth quarter in the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 17 of the NFL season. The Eagles have the best record in the NFL, sitting at 13-2 and are the projected No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. They are faced with an interesting injury decision as quarterback Jalen Hurts is questionable to play on Sunday.

Is Jalen Hurts starting vs. Saints?

The team’s second loss of the season came last week when Hurts was sidelined, and Gardner Minshew was under center. They came up short against the Dallas Cowboys and lost 40-34. Minshew played great, though, and finished 24 of 40 passing for 355 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hurts has been dealing with a shoulder injury that he sustained in Week 15. The initial estimation was that he could be sidelined anywhere from one game to the rest of the regular season. The Eagles have already locked down a playoff spot, but they need to keep winning to keep hold of the No. 1 spot as well as their division lead in the NFC East. Should Minshew be able to lead the team to victory on Sunday against a poorly performing New Orleans team? Yes. Does Hurts give them a better chance if he can play? Also yes. Hurts didn’t practice to start the week but logged a limited practice on Thursday. Head coach Nick Sirianni seems content with taking as long as possible to name a starting quarterback, so for now, it could go either way.

Update — Hurts is being listed as doubtful to play in Week 17 vs. the Saints despite getting in a few practices this week. So it appears Minshew will play again.