The Cowboys officially placed Hurns (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports. Hurns' move to IR was fully anticipated after he suffered a dislocated left ankle in Saturday's wild-card win over the Seahawks that required emergency surgery. The Cowboys are optimistic that Hurns will be ready to resume football activities in August, but if the veteran is at less than full health for training camp, he could become a candidate for release. Dallas elevated Lance Lenoir from its practice squad to fill Hurns' spot on the roster ahead of this weekend's divisional-round showdown with the Rams.
Hurns underwent surgery Saturday night to repair his left ankle, ESPN's Todd Archer reports. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the wideout, who dislocated his ankle in Saturday's playoff win over the Seahawks, is expected to be ready to return to football activities by August, in the absence of any unexpected complications or setbacks. Hurns, who is under contract with the Cowboys in 2019, finished the 2018 season with 20 catches (on 35 targets) for 295 yards and two TDs in 16 games.
Owner Jerry Jones said Hurns (ankle) is out for the rest of the playoffs, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Hurns suffered the gruesome ankle fracture in the first quarter of Saturday's wild-card win against the Seahawks and was loaded onto a stretcher before being carted off the field. Jones also said that the 27-year-old went straight into surgery after leaving the stadium, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. Tavon Austin and Noah Brown could both see increased chances at wide receiver in his absence.
Hurns exited Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks after suffering an apparent left ankle injury, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. Hurns had his left foot pinned underneath a defender after making a catch in the first quarter, which resulted in his foot pointing in the wrong direction. The 27-year-old was loaded onto a stretcher and carted off the field with an apparent air cast on his left leg and most certainly will not return to Saturday's game.
Hurns caught one of his two targets for a nine-yard gain during Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Colts. Earlier in the season, Hurns was arguably the Cowboys' top receiver. Now, with Amari Cooper in the fold and the likes of Blake Jarwin developing, Hurns hasn't cracked double digits in receiving yards since Week 10. The Cowboys' pass offense has run hot and cold, and Cooper has dominated what success Dallas has had. Sunday does offer a solid opportunity for Hurns to get back on track as Dallas hosts a bottom-10 pass defense in Tampa Bay, who is surrendering 274 receiving yards per game.
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