Hurd's agent confirmed that the wideout suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's practice, Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 49ers were concerned that Hurd's knee injury was a torn ACL, and those fears were confirmed by the wideout's agent, Doug Hendrickson. This is unfortunate news for the football club and those in the fantasy realm who were excited to see how the versatile 6-foot-4 receiver would integrate into coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme after missing the entire 2019 season due to a back injury. Hurd will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks, effectively ending his 2020 season before it could get going. Shanahan confirmed that the prospect "will be back next year." In the meantime, Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis and the recently-signed Jaron Brown will likely compete for snaps behind Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel (foot) when the latter returns.
The 49ers are worried Hurd's knee injury is an ACL tear, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Hurd suffered the injury Sunday and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. The 49ers already have Deebo Samuel (foot) and Richie James (wrist) absent from practice, plus Travis Benjamin opted out of the 2020 season. The team is bringing in Jaron Brown for a workout, per Garafolo.
Hurd suffered an apparent leg injury during Sunday's practice, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While working on the side with a member of the 49ers' training staff, Hurd fell to the ground awkwardly and remained there for a few minutes before walking off the field under his own power. Neither coach Kyle Shanahan nor the 49ers have commented on the injury, so perhaps the team is waiting for the the results of upcoming exams before confirming the nature of the issue.
Hurd (back) has been medically cleared and resumed running this offseason, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hurd missed all but two preseason games during his rookie campaign with a stress fracture in his lower back. The 2019 third-round pick put his red-zone abilities on display with two touchdown grabs from inside the 20 in his first exhibition action last year. Standing at 6-foot-4, Hurd is easily San Francisco's tallest receiver, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him used when the offense gets closer to the end zone. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Marquise Goodwin this offseason, and its only significant additions were two rookies via the draft, so there is an opportunity for the unproven Hurd to carve out a role behind Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne whenever the 2020 season gets rolling.
General manager John Lynch is optimistic Hurd (back) will be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "For [Hurd's back] to completely heal, it happens on different timelines," Lynch said Tuesday. "We found that [Hurd's] has been stubborn. We think he's been nearing towards a much better place where he'll be cleared for all activities." A mid-February report suggested Hurd had already made a full recovery from the stress fracture in his back, but Lynch sung a different tune when he spoke to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. A 2019 third-round pick, Hurd made some noise in the preseason opener with a pair of touchdowns but ended up missing the entire regular season. He may get a chance to compete for a starting job in 2020, especially if Emmanuel Sanders signs with a new team.
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