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Eagles Star Player At Risk For Missing The Wildcard Game

Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, is facing a tough challenge to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card playoff game on Monday night. Hurts suffered a dislocated middle finger on his right hand during the regular season finale against the New York Giants on Sunday. It was a game in which the Eagles were blown out and settled for a wildcard spot instead of earning the division title and a home playoff game.

Hurts did return in the loss but was removed by head coach Nick Sirianni as the team instead focused on staying healthy for the postseason. Philly's QB has not thrown a football since then and wore a glove on his throwing hand during Thursday’s practice. He said he is progressing in the right way and hopes to be ready for Monday night. However, he did not participate in any drills or take any snaps with his teammates. 

Hurts has dealt with several injuries throughout his career, including a shoulder injury that forced him to miss two games last season and an ankle injury that required surgery in 2021.

The Eagles are hoping that Hurts can overcome his finger injury and lead them to their first Super Bowl title since 2017. Philadelphia's season got off to a very promising 10-1 start before the team lost five of six to finish the year. They will face a formidable Buccaneers defense that ranked second in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed this season. The Eagles will also have to deal with injuries of their top two offensive weapons, A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, who are both questionable for Monday night.

The Eagles and the Buccaneers will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game will be broadcasted on NBC. Despite several injury concerns, the Eagles remain three-point favorites for the Wildcard contest.


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