Eagles' Jalen Hurts Sends NFL, WFT Letter Seeking Safeguards After Railing Collapse

Adam WellsJanuary 4, 2022

Fans lay on the ground after a railing collapsed causing them to fall towards Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. Philadelphia won 20-16. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has asked the NFL and the Washington Football Team to look into the collapse of a portion of the railing at FedEx Field. 

Hurts addressed a letter to the league and Washington to "inquire about what follow-up action is being considered in response to the near-tragic incident" that occurred after Sunday's game.

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eagles</a> QB Jalen Hurts sent a letter today to the Washington Football Team and the NFL, asking what follow-up action will be taken after a “near-tragic incident” when a railing collapsed Sunday at FedEx Field. Several fans fell; Hurts narrowly avoided potentially serious injury. <a href="https://t.co/dfgwGndH9h">pic.twitter.com/dfgwGndH9h</a>

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/JalenHurts?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JalenHurts</a> on the railing collapsing after Sunday's game <a href="https://t.co/DcvHcbd10g">pic.twitter.com/DcvHcbd10g</a>

Hurts was walking to the locker room and waving at fans in the stands when the railing on one side of the tunnel collapsed, and several fans fell to the ground.

The railing came close to falling on Hurts. 

"I'm just happy everybody is safe from it. That's crazy stuff right there," Hurts told reporters after the game. "That was a real dangerous situation. I'm just so happy everybody bounced back from it, it seemed like. Passionate Eagles fans. I love it."

Washington said in a statement: "To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord. We're very glad no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are looking into what occurred."

Per ESPN's Tim McManus, four of the people who fell disputed Washington's statement about offering medical assistance.

"They didn't ask if anyone was hurt, and they sure as hell didn't ask if anybody needed medical attention," Andrew Collins of Brooklawn, New Jersey, told McManus. "The only thing the staff said to us was to get the F off the field."

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told McManus in an email the league is "reviewing the matter with the club to understand what happened and to ensure it does not happen again."

The Eagles defeated Washington 20-16 and have clinched a playoff berth after missing the postseason last year.