Part of the reason that NFL coaches decide to sit down their starters throughout the preseason? The risk of injury that comes with playing the game. When Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts was rocked along the sideline on a late hit in Friday night’s preseason opener against the New York Jets, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was irate.
And you do not need to be a professional lip reader to decipher what he shouted across the field to the Jets’ sideline:
Nick Sirianni. Philly guy. pic.twitter.com/Bwi6P6Bbls
— David Grzybowski (@DavidGrzyTV) August 12, 2022
Here is the hit in question:
Eagles should just pull their starters right now. This is garbage. pic.twitter.com/JzqaYYwyNr
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 12, 2022
This was not the only incident involving the starting quarterbacks in the game. Jets’ starter Zach Wilson left the game with a knee injury, and will be getting an MRI this weekend to determine the extent of the injury.
After the game, Sirianni and Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh did hug it out at midfield:
Nick Sirianni and Robert Saleh hug at midfield
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 13, 2022
And we even have photographic evidence:
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)