By Max Harper

Jalen Hurts injured his throwing shoulder in Sunday’s win at Chicago.

And yesterday’s early reports are that he is unlikely to play for the 13-1 Eagles in Saturday night’s game at Dallas.

Which seems prudent since back-up Gardner Minshew is a solid replacement.

Better to rest Hurts, the likely NFL MVP, for the playoffs.

Hurts’ back story — how he was benched at Bama for Tua — has been told often, but probably no better than by Jere Longman in the New York Times:

When Philadelphia selected Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft, familiar questions arose:

Could he throw accurately enough and read coverages sufficiently to be a franchise quarterback?

Even after Hurts supplanted Carson Wentz late in his rookie season, then played a full season as the Eagles’ starter in 2021, team officials seemingly remained unconvinced.

Last off-season, Philadelphia reportedly explored acquiring two other quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson. Watson and Wilson have not recaptured their former standing, while the Eagles have gone all in with Hurts, added Brown from Tennessee before the season and built a Super Bowl-aspiring team with the best record in the N.F.L.

Though the right-handed Hurts sprained his throwing shoulder in Week 15 he is still expected to be ready to lead the Eagles through the end of the regular season and in the playoffs.

Importantly, Hurts is playing in the same offensive system for a second consecutive year, a luxury of continuity he has not had since high school.

“Because of what he went through at Alabama, he knew how to keep his head up, keep grinding,” former Bama AD Mike Locksley said. “That was very beneficial to where he is today.”

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