Hurns was targeted once during Sunday's 29-23 win over Philadelphia, converting it into a 9-yard catch. Sunday was Dak Prescott's most prolific passing game of the season by a whopping 166 yards, and Hurns still managed to account for just nine of them. The offseason acquisition has now been targeted just twice in his last four games as Amari Cooper blooms in Dallas. If he were unable to do much against one of the league's worst pass defenses, things are unlikely to turn around in Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts pass defense ranks 15th in the league, surrendering 258 yards per game -- 38 fewer than the Eagles.
Hurns (thumb) took part in full during Tuesday's practice session, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. A thumb issue limited Hurns during Monday's practice, but he appears to be no worse for the wear as Thursday's big matchup with the Saints approaches. He played a four-week-high 32 snaps last Thursday against the Redskins, turning it into just one catch for seven yards. Considering he's hauled in more than two passes in a game just twice this season, Hurns' fantasy utility is limited mainly to deep leagues.
Hurns was listed as a limited practice participant Monday due to a thumb injury. It wasn't reported that Hurns sustained an injury in the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day win over the Redskins, during which the wideout played 32 of 70 offensive snaps and hauled in his only target for a seven-yard gain. The Cowboys will play on Thursday for the second straight week -- this time hosting the Saints -- but Hurns doesn't look to be in major jeopardy of missing that contest. There's little fantasy utility to be mined, however, as Hurns has reeled in only 17 of 31 targets for 228 yards and two scores through Dallas' first 11 games.
Hurns could rejoin the starting lineup Thursday if Michael Gallup (personal) isn't in the lineup. Hurns' role in the Dallas offense has been dwindling since the acquisition of Amari Cooper, and he saw a season-low eight snaps and zero targets in Sunday's win over Atlanta. A death in Gallup's family could require the rookie to be away from the team for the Thanksgiving day game against Washington, however, opening the door for Hurns to start. He's only topped 40 yards in a game once this year, so even in an expanded role, he'd be a risky fantasy option.
Hurns was targeted once during Monday's 28-14 loss to Tennessee, recording a 23-yard touchdown catch. Hurns tied the game at 14 in the closing seconds of the first half, slipping behind the defense and sauntering in for the 23-yard score. It marked his only target following a season-high six in Week 7. It's hard to read too much into one game, but in one outing with Amari Cooper leading the receiving corps, Hurns was widely ignored while Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup in general maintained their targets. While this may shift more in his favor in future weeks, Hurns is not a reliable option right now -- even with a weak Philadelphia pass defense up Sunday.
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