- Jalen Hurts sprained his right shoulder in the third quarter against the Bears.
- Hurts’ injury isn’t considered serious, but he could miss this weekend’s game.
- Hurts is no longer the favorite to win NFL MVP.
The NFL betting community got a big collective shock on Monday afternoon when news broke that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts suffered a mild injury during his Week 15 win over the Chicago Bears.
The Eagles are on track for the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs, and Jalen Hurts was the favorite to win NFL MVP.
Now, football fans are reevaluating everything they thought they knew about a key Super Bowl odds contender.
Is Jalen Hurts Injured?
Yes, it appears that he is. According to multiple reports that surfaced on Monday afternoon, Jalen Hurts was hurt during his Week 15 win over the Chicago Bears, and his status for a divisional showdown with the Cowboys is now in doubt.
What Happened to Jalen Hurts?
Jalen Hurts sprained his right (throwing) shoulder in Chicago during a third-quarter scramble, according to MRIs taken after the game.
Sprained Shoulder Recovery Time: How Long Does a Sprained Shoulder Take to Heal?
Sprained shoulder recoveries can vary depending on how bad the sprain is. For milder injuries like a Grade 1 sprain, recovery may only be a week or two of rest; for more severe sprains, full recovery could take up to eight weeks.
Jalen Hurts: Shoulder Could Affect Status Vs. Cowboys
It’s still very early in the week, but early reporting has suggested that Hurts could miss 1-2 weeks’ worth of games.
While that wouldn’t necessarily impact the Eagles’ season-long goals, it would hold him out for a critical NFC East game against the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve.
Jalen Hurts Injury Status
Jalen Hurts is officially designated as questionable right now.
Jalen Hurts Injury History
Jalen Hurts also missed some time at the very end of last year’s regular season – including a divisional game against the Cowboys – because of an injury.
Last year, it was Hurts’ ankle, which he had surgically repaired in February 2022.
Eagles QB Depth Chart: Who Is Jalen Hurts’ Backup Quarterback?
Gardner Minshew, the mustachioed man, is the Eagles’ backup quarterback behind Jalen Hurts.
If Hurts can’t go against the Cowboys on Saturday, Minshew will step in as a proven, capable backup.
Jalen Hurts NFL MVP Odds
Jalen Hurts had become the betting favorite in the NFL odds market for regular season MVP. He was -145 at the BetMGM online sportsbook on Monday morning following the Week 15 games.
With news of Hurts’ injury and potential to miss time, the market was adjusted. Patrick Mahomes became a -300 favorite, with Hurts tied with Josh Allen and Joe Burrow at second in the table with a +550 price.
Given the dramatic price drop, it’s fair to assume that Hurts is unlikely to play this week – or, at the very least, that he will be far less effective on the field over the final weeks of the season than he was for most of the first three months.
NFL MVP odds at @BetMGM
Before Hurts injury news
▪️ Jalen Hurts -145
▪️ Patrick Mahomes +140
▪️ Jalen Hurts +550
▪️ Patrick Mahomes -300
— John Ewing 🦁 (@johnewing) December 19, 2022
Cowboys vs. Eagles Odds
Like Hurts’ MVP odds, there was a pretty dramatic change in the odds market for Saturday’s highly anticipated Cowboys vs. Eagles matchup.
Dallas, which opened as a 1.5-point favorite, is now a 6-point home favorite over the NFC’s No. 1 seed. That’s 4.5 points of line movement in just a matter of hours.
With Jalen Hurts' status up in the air, Saturday's game saw a 4.5-point swing on @BetMGM.#FlyEaglesFly | #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/bhpclxZo5h
— NBC Sports EDGE Betting (@NBCSportsBet) December 19, 2022
Jalen Hurts Injury News
This Jalen Hurts injury news is obviously a huge ripple at the top of the NFC market that was mostly settled, in the eyes of many analysts and online sports bettors.
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