The positive momentum continues to build toward QB Jalen Hurts’ return to the lineup for the Eagles.
Hurts participated in Wednesday’s walkthrough in a limited fashion, the first time he’s been involved in the so-called install day when the coaching staff implements the game plan since the injury.
During Thursday’s full practice, Hurts took the lead in individual drills open to the media like he did last week.
What changed is when the Eagles shifted to ball-security drills, Hurts got involved. Last week, he begged off. That was an indication he was not cleared for contact.
The contact part of the equation seems like the final piece of the puzzle with a team source admitting that the offensive staff might have to be a little bit more cautious with Hurts.
When the media was ushered off the field, Hurts also continued his role as the lead QB, something that shifted to Minshew last Thursday.
The Eagles had built up a 13-1 record and looked like a cinch to garner both the NFC East crown and the No. 1 seed in the conference with Hurts piling up MVP-level numbers.
With a magic number of one, the Eagles were unable to beat either Dallas or New Orleans with backup Gardner Minshew in the lineup and must win in Week 18 over the New York Giants or hope Dallas loses to Washington, which is eliminated from playoff contention
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Photo courtsey of John Clark – Twitter