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Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts Downgraded to Questionable for Monday’s Clash Against Seahawks Due to Illness

Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts Downgraded to Questionable for Monday's Clash Against Seahawks Due to Illness
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has been downgraded to questionable for Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, raising concerns about his availability due to an illness. Hurts, who missed Saturday’s practice, is taking separate travel arrangements to avoid spreading the illness to teammates or coaches.

If Hurts is unable to play, veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota is likely to step in as the starter. The Eagles signed Mariota for his dual-threat ability, similar to Hurts. Mariota has a 34-40 record as a starter during his nine-year NFL career and was the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in 2022.

The Eagles, currently the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture, are coming off two consecutive losses to the 49ers and Cowboys. Hurts has been a key contributor, starting in all 13 games this season, with 3,192 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 12 rushing touchdowns. His absence could impact the Eagles’ playoff positioning.

Hurts’ chances of playing have been complicated by the flexing of the Eagles-Seahawks game to “Monday Night Football” instead of the originally scheduled Sunday slot. The Seahawks, struggling with a four-game losing streak, are also uncertain about the availability of their quarterback, Geno Smith, who is questionable with a groin injury.

The Eagles (10-3) aim to secure a crucial victory against the Seahawks (6-7), who are looking to bounce back from recent setbacks and improve their playoff prospects. The game will unfold on Monday night in Seattle, with the quarterback situation for both teams adding an element of suspense.

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