Jalen Hurts Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) warms up before action against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles were shut out 35-0 by the New England Patriots on Thursday night, and trouble for the Eagles began before the game even started.

Second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts was supposed to start the game for the Eagles, but he was a late scratch, despite looking fine to observers in warm-ups. The Eagles initially announced that Hurts was out due to an illness.

After the game, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that Hurts was taken to a local Philadelphia hospital due to abdominal pain. Hurts apparently wasn’t feeling well when arriving at the stadium, but he wanted to go through warm-ups hoping he’d feel better and be able to play. And when Hurts still wasn’t feeling well after warming up, the Eagles decided to send him to the hospital to be evaluated.

Hurts is “fine” and “doing okay” now, according to Sirianni.

Joe Flacco started in place of Hurts, and the veteran quarterback completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards and an interception in the loss.

The Eagles’ offense without Hurts showed why they really need Hurts in Week 1. Hopefully he’s indeed okay following Thursday’s health scare.

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