Eagles' Jalen Hurts Listed as Late Scratch vs. Patriots Due to Illness

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was a late scratch for Thursday night's preseason game against the New England Patriots because of an illness. 

Tim McManus @Tim_McManus

Jalen Hurts' illness is not COVID related, per the team.

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Sirianni says the diagnosis on Jalen Hurts is a stomach bug. Hospital visit was to rule out any serious issues. https://t.co/pyFApOdXFw

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Hurts was instructed to rest for at least two days after being diagnosed with a stomach infection. 

Hurts initially took snaps during pre-game warmups but it was Joe Flacco who came out under center for the opening series: 

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

This was Jalen Hurts during pregame warmups and looked good Eagles say he came down with an illness. Joe Flacco started https://t.co/qttV7OG2MI

Hurts has taken first-team reps for the Eagles throughout the training camp and preseason, and he looked solid in his debut last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In limited action, the second-year signal-caller went 3-of-7 for 54 yards. 

The Eagles have yet to formally name a starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, but all signs to this point suggest he'll be Nick Sirianni's choice assuming he's at full strength.