Eagles QB Hurts could start Tuesday as WFT still deals with COVID outbreak

"I feel pretty confident and feel really good about where he is at right now," Sirianni said about QB Jalen Hurts.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is on track to start against the Washington Football Team on Tuesday night.

Hurts, who missed Philadelphia's Week 13 win over the New York Jets with a sprained left ankle, originally was going to be listed as questionable on the team's injury report, coach Nick Sirianni said. But with the game moved back two days because of COVID-related issues, Hurts received no injury designation when the report was released Monday.

It appeared Hurts would start even if the game was played Sunday. He was a full participant in Friday's practice after being put through a successful workout by the team earlier in the day.

"I feel pretty confident and feel really good about where he is at right now," Sirianni said.

It wasn't all good news Monday, as tackle Andre Dillard was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He joins fellow offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, who was placed on the list Sunday. Sua Opeta is likely to get the start at left guard if Dickerson can't play.

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The 76ers struggled to find eight available players on Sunday due to injuries and coronavirus-related issues.

Thanks to a timely bye, Hurts missed just one game after suffering a high-ankle sprain against the New York Giants Nov. 28. Gardner Minshew stepped in for him against the Jets and performed well, going 20-of-25 for 242 yards with two touchdowns in a 33-18 win.

Hurts has started 12 games this season, completing 60.1% of his throws for 2,435 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while adding 695 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

The Washington Football Team will place All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff on the reserve/COVID-19 list, dealing another blow to an already ravaged roster, a source told ESPN on Monday.

In addition, Washington's coaching staff was decimated with seven assistants being placed in COVID-19 protocols, including running backs coach Randy Jordan, defensive line coach Sam Mills Jr. and receivers coach Drew Terrell. All will miss Tuesday's game at the Eagles.

Washington still has 15 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team's total number of players on the list had been 23 on Friday.

Both Washington and Philadelphia are 6-7 and currently a half-game behind New Orleans for the final playoff spot. The Saints beat Washington earlier this year, but lost to the Eagles.