Jalen Hurts seeks response after scary railing incident at FedEx Field
By Jerry Trotta
The NFL’s undisputed worst stadium lived up to its reputation on Sunday when a railing at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Football Team, collapsed and nearly injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Thankfully, Hurts avoided an injury.
Some fallen Eagles fans, who were leaning over for a high-five from their overachieving second-round pick, couldn’t say the same.
As you might expect, the franchise has taken a lot of heat this week. However, the criticism has increased ten fold after Eagles fans came forward to refute a statement from Washington that claimed stadium officials offered medical assistance to those that fell.
“They didn’t ask if anyone was hurt, and they sure as hell didn’t ask if anybody needed medical attention,” witness Andrew Collins told ESPN’s Tim McManus. “The only thing the staff said to us was to get the F off the field.”
If you asked fellow witness Mike Naimoli, he’d tell you that the statement was “completely incorrect.”
Here’s how Naimoli described what they were told by FedEx Field officials, per McManus: “‘Everybody get the F off the field,’ and (they) quickly grabbed us away from Jalen and shooed us up into the stands.”
In response to the growing outrage and clearly bothered by the incident himself, Hurts is seeking some closure. On Tuesday, the second-year QB wrote a letter to Washington asking what follow-up action would be taken.
Jalen Hurts is seeking a response from the Washington Football Team after Sunday’s railing collapse injured Eagles fans.
We hate giving an Eagles player credit as much as the next Washington fan, but Hurts really couldn’t have handled this better. Nobody would’ve blamed him if he chastised Washington over the incident in his next presser. But writing a politely-worded letter seeking answers? That’s how you do it.
On Tuesday, Hurts elaborated on the scary experience.
"“I tried to handle the situation with a lot of poise and self-compassion,” Hurts said. “For the people that fell down, it really could’ve been so much worse. And it kind of didn’t hit me until after the fact, having some time to reflect on it and think about it. “So, I just wanted to see what could be done to make sure it won’t happen again. That’s all I really care about. That’s a very tragic incident and it could’ve been much worse. Much, much worse. Just don’t want it to happen again.”"
After looking at a different angle of the video, Hurts was right; It really could’ve been so much worse.
It’s a miracle there were no serious injuries,
Speaking of which, McManus’ report noted that a media member was carted off, another fan was diagnosed with a cervical strain and a head injury, while others suffered knee and elbow contusions.
To Washington’s credit, they didn’t take long to respond, as John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Tuesday night that team president Jason Wright has responded to the letter and would like to speak with Hurts directly.
With Washington and the NFL facing pressure from an up-and-coming star, we’re hopeful they step up and do the right thing.
As for Hurts, well, as much as it pains us to say it, he keeps giving Eagles fans more reasons to believe he might be their answer at quarterback.