Eagles’ Jalen Hurts on missing Patriots game with stomach infection: ‘I was debating whether to say something’

Many fans were confused when Joe Flacco led the Philadelphia Eagles‘ offense onto the field for their second preseason game against the New England Patriots. QB1 Jalen Hurts was seen in warmups, but where did he go? It turned out that the second-year signal-caller was actually sent to a Philadelphia hospital before kickoff, and diagnosed with a stomach infection

Hurts returned to practice this week and discussed the bizarre situation which unfolded last Thursday night. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Hurts said he was “hurting,” and that sometimes he doesn’t let on about how bad something is bothering him. 

“I was debating whether to say something,” Hurts said. “I said something with the intention of still playing.”

Ultimately, Hurts and the Eagles decided to play it safe and be “smart about it.” Hurts said he would have played if it were a regular-season game, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni discussed Hurts’ absence after their 35-0 loss to the Patriots, and said that his quarterback must have been hurting pretty bad if he spoke up about the issue. 

“He wasn’t feeling great when he came in, and so we put him through pregame warmups,” Sirianni said. “He still wasn’t feeling good, and we evaluated him and just decided it wasn’t in his best interest to play, with what he was feeling. He’s fine now, he’s doing OK now … (but) he actually went to the hospital to get evaluated, for his stomach … He had pain in his abdomen. For a guy like that to tell us, you know, he’s a tough guy, it must’ve been hurting pretty good for him to let us know about that.”

Hurts has had an impressive preseason up to this point, and CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora even said that his case to be the starting quarterback was strengthened by his absence. While Hurts completed just 3 of 7 passes for 54 yards in limited time during the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his impressive performances in camp and in joint practices have the new staff excited about his potential moving forward. 

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