Jalen Hurts dodges injury – and falling Philadelphia Eagles fans – as railing collapses at FedEx Field during 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team
- Following the Eagles win in Washington, Hurts headed for the locker room
- A group of Philadelphia fans attempted to congratulate the quarterback
- But their combined weight saw the fans and a railing crash to the ground
- Hurts coolly sidestepped to his right, missing the falling fans and dodging injury
- Hurts helped one to their feet and posed for photographs afterwards
- ‘I’m just happy everybody is safe from it. That’s crazy stuff right there,’ he said
Quarterback Jalen Hurts edged the Philadelphia Eagles toward a playoff berth – but it was his exit from FedEx Field which was more impressive.
Following the 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team, Hurts dodged a falling railing and flying Eagles fans as he headed towards the tunnel.
In high spirits, the supporters had attempted to high five the second-year quarterback, but their exuberance and combined weight saw the thin metal barrier crash five feet to the ground.
Jalen Hurts greets fans following the win in Washington as the barrier falls to the floor
Eagles fans get a little closer to Hurts than they may have bargained for as the railing gives way
In a dramatic video, the fans fall but Hurts calmly side-steps to his right as they hit the floor. Smiling and joking, Hurts helps one up to his feet and posed for pictures before security reinstate the barrier.
While the fans looked to be unscathed, a photo runner for the Associated Press who was standing under the railing was injured and attended to by medical personnel.
‘I’m just happy everybody is safe from it. That’s crazy stuff right there,’ Hurts said. ‘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.’
A calm Hurts avoids injury by sidestepping to his right as fans, with phones in hands, fall
The Washington Football Team 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.’
Team officials told ESPN that the section is designed for disabled access and has no seating.
FedEx Field has been home to Washington since 1997 but is increasingly criticised due to its dilapidated state.
Several Eagles fans crashed to the earth at the feet of a stunned Hurts (right)
A smiling Hurts posed with supporters after helping one to their feet
In the season opener, a defeat by the Los Angeles Chargers, a video was posted of fans being drenched by a liquid which fans claimed was sewage. The team said it was rain water from a storage tank.
The win – their fourth straight – puts Philadelphia on the brink of a first trip to the postseason since 2019.
‘Jalen was awesome today,’ head coach Nick Sirianni said. ‘We all know he’s dealing with an ankle injury and fighting through it. He´s tough. This guy is so tough.’