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Eagles' Jalen Hurts narrowly avoids serious injury after fans fall through FedEx Field railing

A railing along FedEx Field collapsed, sending many spectators to the ground and almost knocking down the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
A railing fell at FedEx Field, just missing Eagles' Jalen Hurts (Twitter/ @MikeGarafolo)
A railing fell at FedEx Field, just missing Eagles' Jalen Hurts (Twitter/ @MikeGarafolo)

A railing along FedEx Field's north tunnel collapsed, sending many spectators to the ground and almost knocking down Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts as he went off the field. Following the Washington Football Team's 20-16 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, the event occurred after most players had left the field and many supporters had left the stadium. Hurts was returning to the visitors' locker room after completing on-field interviews when a group of Eagles supporters greeted him along the tunnel railing.

Washington Football Team said in a statement, “The Washington Football Team is aware of an incident in the North Field Tunnel following today’s game. 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.” The area where the fence fell, according to a Washington team official, is the stadium's ADA-accessible section, which is meant to seat up to six wheelchairs and six companions but is not designed to bear a full load of people. The crew did not explain why there were so many people in the part before the barrier fell.


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Hurts avoided the railing and the falling fans. He stayed to assist the people who had fallen — and then stayed longer as he was surrounded by fans and selfies. Hurts told reporters after the game, “I’m just happy everybody is safe from it, It is crazy. It is crazy stuff right there. That was a really dangerous situation. I’m just so happy that everybody bounced back from it. Passionate Eagles fans. I love it.” 


This is the latest in a series of incidents that happened at FedEx Field this season. A pipe burst at the stadium during the September opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, causing a deluge into the stands. Fans claimed it was sewage in a video that went viral on social media. After the incident, the stadium's official Twitter account stated it was rainwater from a storage tank, and the affected fans were relocated to a suite for the rest of the game.


Sprinklers inside a suite went off during Washington's Week 12 triumph against the Seattle Seahawks, prompting another statement from a team representative assuring the water was not sewage. The steam engine deployed for Washington's player introductions also generated a thick mist over the tunnel, making it difficult for players to see their way to the field early in the season. The steam became an issue and a team representative was called in to explain that the overflow was due to humidity and that the team will make changes to minimize the steam.