Sirianni latest injury updates gives grim outlook for the Eagles
At Monday's day-after press conference, Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni provided some injury updates that leaves everyone with a lot of questions and a grim outlook for the Birds with one game left heading into their Bye Week:
The Jalen Hurts update leaves the door open for a lot of questions like how did that potentially impact the Offense in their loss to the New York Giants and should the Eagles let Hurts rest that ankle with one game ahead of the Bye Week. If Jalen Hurts is ruled out for Sunday's game, the Eagles starting Quarterback would Gardner Minshew and he could be starting against a New York Jets team that may look to start former Eagles Backup Quarterback Joe Flacco. Jets' First Round Pick Zach Wilson got banged up in their game Sunday afternoon so as long as Flacco is cleared from COVID-19 Protocols, he could be in line to start versus Philadelphia this Sunday.
The Jalen Hurts Ankle situation wasn't the only serious injury news that Nick Sirianni talked about on Monday as he also had updates on Miles Sanders, Jason Kelce, and Jack Driscoll:
This sounds like Brandon Brooks will not be back until after the Bye Week so the loss of Jack Driscoll with a High Ankle Sprain is more concerning since he is going back on the Injured/Reserve List. Driscoll going back on IR for the second time this year means his 2021 season is officially done. The loss of Driscoll is a huge loss for the Offensive Line that has been banged up all year losing Isaac Seumalo for the year, Brandon Brooks missing most of the season, Lane Johnson missing a couple of games, and now Jason Kelce had to miss playing time in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Even though Coach Sirianni tried to paint a "Wait and See" perspective with Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard, Sanders looked like his workload was usurped by Boston Scott versus the Giants. With the Bye Week coming up after this Sunday's game versus the New York Jets, we will need to keep an eye on if the Eagles take a precautionary approach with Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, and others to allow them more time to recover before the stretch run of games in December against their NFC East rivals.