During the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football, Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown was seen shouting at quarterback Jalen Hurts on the sideline.
The moment got too intense given the score late in the game, and head coach Nick Sirianni had to step it and separate them.
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Of course, you can tell it wasn't anything physical, but Brown was visibly frustrated. To that point, Brown had just two targets. After this confrontation, Hurts tried to get Brown the ball more, targeting him three times on their 15-play, 44-yard, and nine-minute drive from the third quarter to the fourth.
Brown did catch a deep pass from Hurts or a touchdown, but it was called due to a holding call on running back Rashaad Penny.
After the game, Hurts was asked about it, and he didn't make a big deal about it, as Brown was just upset about his involvement.
"I think everybody wants to make plays, and everybody wants to contribute," Hurts said. "I have no worry about him. He's a great player, a great teammate, a great friend, and we'll do anything and everything to win."
Fellow wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who finished the game with four receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown, understood where Brown was coming from.
"That's part of being a competitor, man. You always want to feel you're a part of the team, helping the team and things like that," Smith said.
Brown finished the game with four receptions for 29 yards. He did have a touchdown, but again, it was called back.
At DraftKings Sportsbook, there was an odds boost prop bet that included Brown and Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson to have 40-plus receiving yards, which seemed like a safe bet but fell flat because of Brown's production.
Brown will, of course, be involved more moving forward, but the frustration is understandable.
The Eagles won, thanks to their rushing attack. Running back D'Andre Swift had 175 rushing yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. Hurts had 12 carries for 35 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one passing touchdown.
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