Patriots’ N’Keal Harry reportedly avoided serious injury against Eagles


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Why didn't Jalen hurts play?

Participation Update: QB Jalen Hurts will not be playing tonight due to an illness. ... After the game, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni announced that Hurts was dealing with "pain in his abdomen." The Eagles sent him to the hospital to be evaluated, and he was diagnosed with a stomach infection. Sporting NewsWhy is Jalen Hurts not playing tonight? Eagles announce QB's absence vs. Patriots

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Philadelphia’s starting quarterback visited the hospital on Thursday evening.

Shortly after Hurts’ unexpected disappearance, the team announced he was missing the game due to a non-COVID illness. We then got more clarity on the situation from Nick Sirianni during the head coach’s postgame press conference. As it turns out, Hurts had to pay a trip to the hospital on Thursday night.

Nick Sirianni’s full explanation on why Jalen Hurts didn’t play against the Patriots. #Eagles

SIRIANNI: Yeah, he came in, he wasn’t feeling great when he came in. So we put him through pregame warmups and he wanted to go out there and go through pregame warmups. And he came back in, he still wasn’t feeling good, and we evaluated him. We just decided that it wasn’t in his best interest to play with what he was feeling. Uh, yeah, we evaluated him, he’s fine now, he’s doing OK now. But that’s why we held him out.

SIRIANNI: He actually went to the hospital to get evaluated for his stomach. Like I said, he came back, everything’s good, and he’s going to be OK.

SIRIANNI: He just had pain in his abdomen. Which, for a guy like that, to tell us — he’s a tough guy. So, it must have been hurting him pretty good for him to let us know about that.

SIRIANNI: Next week, we have two practices against the Jets and two other practices. So, we’ll evaluate how he’s feeling these next couple days. But, again, we get two practices against the Jets to further— like I’ve said before, those are like games. Those inter-squad practices are like games, so he’s going to be able to get two more there. So I’m confident that we’ll get a lot of good work against the Jets.

SIRIANNI: You know, I think that’s hard to say. He really wanted to play. He really wanted to play. And we decided that that just wasn’t in the best interest of the team and of him. So, I think that’s a hypothetical, that’s hard to say. He was fighting me to play tonight. I know he wanted to. But that’s one where you have to lean on the doctors and make a decision and that’s what we did.

Following Sirianni’s presser, NFL insider Adam Schefter offered even more information on Hurts’ status.

Eagles’ QB Jalen Hurts was sent to a Philadelphia Hospital and diagnosed with a stomach infection and told to stay at home to rest for at least two days. He tested negative for Covid.

There’s never really a good time for a stomach infection. And it’s a bummer Hurts had to miss out on playing a series or two against the Pats. Not only because it would’ve made the game more watchable but he could’ve benefited from some reps.

The silver lining is that, if the suggested timeline holds true, Hurts might be back in action for the Eagles’ next training camp practice. The Birds are practicing in front of fans at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday evening.

At the very least, the Eagles will hope to have Hurts back when they square off against the Jets in joint training camp sessions starting this Tuesday. If Hurts doesn’t play in next week’s preseason finale, those practices might be Hurts’ last action against opposition until facing the Falcons in Week 1 on Sunday, September 12.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Sure, trade Andre Dillard, but for what?

Section 215 21 August, 2021 - 02:00am

On Thursday, mere hours prior to the Philadelphia Eagles‘ preseason bout against the New England Patriots, the City of Brotherly Love’s resident investigative reporter, Jeff McLane of the Inquirer, reported that Howie Roseman had received calls about the availability of 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard.

Now granted, this isn’t too surprising. Considering Jordan Mailata has effectively locked up the Eagles’ left tackle spot, rolling into the regular season with a one position backup who is under contract through the 2022 NFL season – 2023 if his fifth-year option is picked up – it might just be a better utilization of assets to throw Dillard’s name on the trade block and see what sort of return he can garner.

That, my friends, is the keyword. See.

While I’m all for trading Dillard if the deal is right, what sort of return is worthy of the former 21st overall pick? And if the Eagles do trade Dillard, who becomes their backup left tackle with less than a month left to go before the start of the regular season?

As things presently stand, the free agent market for tackles is incredibly light.

How light? Well, let’s just say Jason Peters just signed a contract to play left tackle for the Chicago Bears this fall. Can you say bottom-of-the-barrel?

If the Eagles decided to trade away Andre Dillard today but didn’t feel confident with Jack Driscoll and Matt Pryor serving as their tackles coming off the bench – rightfully so – they’d be greeted with players like Russell OkungRicky Wagner, and Demar Dotson to fill out their depth chart.

Of those three, I guess Wagner is probably the best option of the bunch, but none are what anyone would call even starting caliber.

I guess the team could always demand another offensive tackle in a trade centered around Dillard, but what are the chances the Eagles can get back a quality backup in such a trade from a team desperate for offensive line talent? That seems sort of counterintuitive, no?

Then again, with “quite a few teams” looking to get in on Dillard should he be available available; maybe there’s a deal to be had that could include a decent enough backup plus either a pick or a viable contributor moving forward. I mean, that’d surely be a tricky ask, but a robust market certainly creates optionality.

So, let’s say the Eagles are able to do just that, trade Mailata for a viable backup swing tackle – a Dennis Kelly-type player, if you will – and, say, a fourth-round pick. Does that make the Eagles a better team than simply holding onto his rights up for the rest of the season?

While the Eagles (probably) aren’t going to be winning the Super Bowl this season – though one can never say never – they also aren’t a team looking to completely clear the shelves and start over a few years down the line once their core of players come together. As fans unfortunately saw last season, having a bad offensive line is the quickest path to being an unwatchable team where evaluations are effectively asterisked as a result. Even if Dillard doesn’t play a lot, having him around to serve as a foil for Mailata should he suffer an injury and/or a poor string of games could be enough to keep the team salient in a division that isn’t particularly lethal, right?

… unless the Eagles stink out loud and are, say, a two-win team when the trade deadline rolls around. Should that happen and a team like comes in with an overpay offer to replace an injured tackle, it might just be in Howie Roseman’s best interest to cash out and secure a long-term contributor at tackle with the pick they receive back in a trade.

With no real barometer for how good the Eagles should be in 2021, the first month of the regular season could be incredibly telling as to Roseman’s eagerness to sell or buy at the deadline.

At this point, no players should be too precious for the Philadelphia Eagles. With only a handful of players who are truly untouchable and a few dozen more who are effectively biding their time before their next opportunity, the 2021 NFL season should be looked at as a chance for Howie Roseman and company to establish a new core for the future. DeVonta Smith is in that camp. Jordan Mailata is almost certainly in that camp too. If Andre Dillard isn’t, then I’d say there’s no issue with testing the market to see how it fares for a 25-year-old former first-round pick just a few years removed from being one of the best pass blockers in the NCAA.

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5 things we learned about the Eagles in preseason nightmare

Philly Sports Network 21 August, 2021 - 02:00am

NFL Research: Cam Newton was 8 of 9 for 103 yards, which was the most passing yards he's had in a preseason game since Week 3, 2018 (142 versus the Patriots), while his 88.3 completion percentage was his highest preseason mark since at least 2016.

Report: Patriots WR N’Keal Harry Avoids Serious Shoulder Injury, Expected to Be Ready for Week One

Sports Illustrated 20 August, 2021 - 07:24pm

Now, the 23-year-old appears to have sidestepped a prolonged absence that might have derailed his chances of earning a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster in 2021.

Harry’s performance has been widely praised throughout much of training camp. He has looked sharp, strong and engaged. While known for his ability to make physical, contested catches, Harry has increased his speed and seems to be running routes with greater efficiency. Still, the Pats wideout has yet to demonstrate his success in a game setting. He finished New England’s first preseason game against the Washington Football Team partaking in 36 snaps, with just one catch on one target.

The Patriots will return to practice on Monday, August 23, as they begin preparations for joint practices with the New York Giants, scheduled for Wednesday (8/25) and Thursday (8/26). New England’s final preseason game will take place against the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, August 29. Whether Harry will take part in any of the week’s activities is still unknown. However, it is expected that he will be ready for New England’s season-opener versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 12 at Gillette Stadium. 

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