The Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the New England Patriots for their second preseason game on Thursday, and just minutes after kickoff, we learned quarterback Jalen Hurts would miss the game due to an illness. It was clarified that Hurts’ illness was NOT COVID related, so at least there’s that. (Note: Hurts did say he was vaccinated.)
Joe Flacco got the start instead, and we probably won’t see the second-year QB again until Week 1 — historically most starters don’t play in the final preseason game.
This isn’t really a big deal seeing that Hurts has had a good training camp and has been doing everything right to hold on to the starting QB spot. Still, it’s notable that Hurts was seen dancing around and warming up pregame, and not displaying any kinds of signs of illness — at least not one that would keep him sidelined.
Rookie DeVonta Smith is seeing his first NFL action Thursday night, which makes Hurts missing out on snaps even more disappointing. But, the two already have an established rapport, so while it’d be nice to get some game-speed reps, it’s not entirely necessary.
Here’s hoping Hurts feels better soon!