This preseason, Jalen Hurts has been attempting to establish himself as the Eagles’ present and future quarterback. On Thursday, that was put on hold.
Because of an illness, Philadelphia declared shortly after kickoff that its anticipated starter would not be available against the Patriots. Hurts took part in pregame warmups and was seen moving around as if he was ready to play in the Eagles’ second preseason game, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. According to Garafolo, the team has determined that his sickness is unrelated to COVID-19.
“After warmups he wasn’t feeling well and we’ll evaluate him and have more after the game,” coach Nick Sirianni said at halftime.
Hurts’ absence hampered the entire offense. In the Eagles’ 35-0 loss, veteran Joe Flacco got the start and completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards and an interception. Nick Mullens completed 5 of 10 passes for 27 yards and an interception in the second half.
Hurts appeared in only two series in Philadelphia’s preseason opener against the Steelers last week, completing three of seven passes for 54 yards. Despite the fact that the second-year quarterback has earned the majority of first-team reps in practice, Sirianni has yet to name a starter for the season opener.