Nick Sirianni explains why Jalen Hurts didn’t play in the Eagles’ preseason game against the Patriots

We were all caught by surprise when Joe Flacco — not Jalen Hurts — started the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

Shortly after Hurts’ unexpected disappearance, the team announced he was missing the game due to a non-COVID illness. We then got more clarity on the situation from Nick Sirianni during the head coach’s postgame press conference. Hurts had to be admitted to the hospital on Thursday Night.

Q: Nick. Q: Nick. Is Jalen still alive?

SIRIANNI: Yeah, he came in, he wasn’t feeling great when he came in. We did some pregame warmups. He was eager to do the warmups. And he came back in, he still wasn’t feeling good, and we evaluated him. We just decided that it wasn’t in his best interest to play with what he was feeling. Uh, yeah, we evaluated him, he’s fine now, he’s doing OK now. But that’s why we held him out.

Q: Did you send him home?

SIRIANNI: He went to the hospital for a check of his stomach. Like I said, he came back, everything’s good, and he’s going to be OK.

Q: Was there an issue with the system?

SIRIANNI: It was just pain in the abdomen. Which, for a guy like that, to tell us — he’s a tough guy. He must have felt horrible for telling us.

Q: He seemed to be dancing a lot and felt good. So, you’re saying he came into the building today before those pregame warmups and wasn’t feeling good?


Q: Are you confident enough in him to travel to Atlanta for the regular season opener?

SIRIIANNI – We have two practices against Jets next Wednesday, and 2 more practices. So, we’ll evaluate how he’s feeling these next couple days. But, again, we get two practices against the Jets to further— like I’ve said before, those are like games. Those inter-squad practices are like games, so he’s going to be able to get two more there. So I’m confident that we’ll get a lot of good work against the Jets.

Q: Would he still play if it was a regular season match?

SIRIANNI: You know, I think that’s hard to say. He was keen to take part. He was determined to participate. And we decided that that just wasn’t in the best interest of the team and of him. So, I think that’s a hypothetical, that’s hard to say. Tonight, he insisted that I not play. It was obvious that he would prefer to. But that’s one where you have to lean on the doctors and make a decision and that’s what we did.

Following Sirianni’s presser, NFL insider Adam Schefter offered even more information on Hurts’ status.

There’s never really a good time for a stomach infection. And it’s a bummer Hurts had to miss out on playing a series or two against the Pats. Not only because it would’ve made the game more watchable but he could’ve benefited from some reps.

The silver lining is that, if the suggested timeline holds true, Hurts might be back in action for the Eagles’ next training camp practice. Fans can catch the Birds practicing at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night.

The Eagles hope Hurts will be back in the preseason finale against the Jets. They will be holding joint training camps sessions this Tuesday. If Hurts doesn’t play in next week’s preseason finale, those practices might be Hurts’ last action against opposition until facing the Falcons in Week 1 on Sunday, September 12.

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