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Sirianni: Jalen Hurts missed preseason game with stomach infection

The Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts was on the field for warm-ups, but was a late scratch because of an illness.

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the New England Patriots in the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts surprisingly did not play Thursday night against the New England Patriots due to a stomach infection, according to the team.

Hurts was seen on the field during pre-game workouts, but he was not on the sideline when the game had begun, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. Joe Flacco received the start for the Eagles, completing 10-of-17 passes for 83 yards, and an interception.

After the game, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters that Hurts was taken to the hospital as he was experience pain in his abdomen. He added that Hurts was doing fine and that the young quarterback was told to stay home for at least two days. Hurts was tested for COVID-19 and his results came back negative, per the team.

Sirianni was also asked about Hurts’ availability for next week’s game against the New York Jets. The Eagles will hold joint practices with the Jets, which they did with the New England Patriots this week.

Next week, we have two practices against the Jets and two other practices. So, we’ll evaluate how he’s feeling these next couple days, he said (h/t Bleeding Green Nation). 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.