Jalen Hurts misses Eagles' Thursday night preseason game vs. Patriots with non-COVID illness

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Despite participating in pregame warmups, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was dismissed of Philadelphia’s preseason video game versus the Patriots with a non-COVID disease, the team announced. Hurts lack ruined what was expected to be his very first video game with novice receiver DeVonta Smith, who was stayed out of last Thursday’s preseason loss to the Steelers with a knee injury. 

With Hurts out, backup quarterback Joe Flacco got the start versus the going to Patriots. A bad breeze on the Eagles’ 3rd play, nevertheless, established the Patriots’ very first rating on a 5-yard run by New England running back Damien Harris. 

A second-round choice in the 2020 draft, Hurts went 3-for-7 for 54 backyards in recently’s 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh. Despite some early battles, Hurts had an effective trip throughout a current skirmish versus the Patriots defense. It was likewise the very first time Hurts had the ability to speak to Cam Newton personally. Newton is attempting to remain ahead of novice quarterback Mac Jones on the Patriots’ depth chart. 

 “I’ve also had communication with him — just from an older athlete, obviously he’s a legendary player, the things he’s done in college and in the league,” Hurts stated of Newton, through ESPN’s Tim McManus. “I watched him a lot growing up. Being able to talk to him, being able to have a relationship with him, and meeting him in person for the first time, it was great.”

Expectations in Philadelphia are high for Hurts, who is intending to assist the Eagles rebound after the franchise won simply 4 video games in 2020. 

“He’s never satisfied,” Eagles offending organizer Shane Steichen just recently stated of Hurts, through the Washington Post. “That’s what makes him good. He wants to be great. … He’s ascending in the right direction, and we’re excited about his progress.”

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