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Jalen Hurts pushing to play for Eagles versus Saints, despite shoulder injury

Jalen Hurts drops back to pass against the Giants
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He knows an opportunity to win Most Valuable Player in the National Football League and guarantee his team home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is on the line.

Jalen Hurts suffered an SC joint sprain in his shoulder during a 25-20 victory for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Dec. 18. The second-year starting quarterback missed Christmas Eve’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys as the Eagles suffered a 34-40 loss. Hurts is having an incredible season, but he is ‘day-to-day’ for Sunday’s meeting with the New Orleans Saints at home. He has a chance at the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, a first-round bye, and home-field advantage.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Hurts is ‘pushing’ to play against New Orleans.

If the Eagles had beaten Dallas, Philadelphia would have rested Hurts again this week. Hurts has been dominant all year, totaling 3,472 passing yards, 747 rushing yards, and 35 touchdowns (13 rushing scores) to five interceptions.

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Hopefully, the former Alabama quarterback will play against the Saints.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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