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Philadelphia may be celebrating their bid for the NFC playoffs, but Sunday’s win against the Washington Football Team still sits uneasily with fans.
Following the 20-16 win, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was nearly hit by collapsed railing that gave out under the weight of eager Philly fans.
Hurts was a real champ about the situation as it unraveled: helping people off the ground and remaining amicable toward the Washington staff tending to the situation.
Rewatching the scene presented significant questioning over the safety measures implemented at FedEx Field, and Jalen wants to prevent close calls in the future.
Hurts spoke with the media on Tuesday regarding the incident and said he filed a letter to the NFL concerning what he hopes can be fixed at FedEx.
“I tried to handle the situation with a lot of poise and show compassion for the people that fell down, really,” Hurts responded in the media session. “But I know it could have been so much worse. It kind of didn’t hit me until after the fact, having some time to reflect on it and think about it. I just wanted to see what could be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s all I really care about.”
Hurts submitted the following to the League:
“I am writing to inquire about what follow-up action is being considered in response to the near-tragic incident that took place at FedEx Field on Jan. 2, 2022. As you are aware, many individuals, including fans, media personnel and myself, were placed in a dangerous situation when portions of the FedEx Field tunnel collapsed. Although I was able to prevent the barrier from crashing onto me, that was not the same for others who could be suffering from lingering injuries.
“Through the initial shock, my first reaction was to assist those involved. However, while I displayed a calm composure, I understand the severity of what happened and am extremely concerned for the well-being of the fans and media. As a result, I would like to know what safeguards the NFL and the Washington Football Team are implementing to prevent this from ever occurring in the future.”
Philly’s success (9-7) has been congruent to the development of their second-year quarterback, making his safety paramount heading into Week 18 and beyond.
Playing under cumbersome expectations all year, alongside rookie coach Nick Sirianni, Jalen Hurts has yet to turn on an elite gear but remains an efficient, dual-threat play-caller capable of propelling his team to victory.
Hurts has thrown for 3,144 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions this season. He has also accrued 784 rushing yards (139 attempts) and 10 scores on the ground.
The NFC postseason picture forecasts the Eagles as a No. 6 or 7 seed — according to AL.com. With their berth already clinched, Philadelphia will be sitting Hurts out for their final game of the season, scheduled against the Dallas Cowboys.
Former Jacksonville starter Gardner Minshew will helm the offense in the meantime.
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