The 49ers waived Hurd (knee) Thursday in an injury settlement.
Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick will end his three-year tenure in San Francisco without having made a regular-season appearances, with a rash of injuries preventing him from ever seeing the field. After undergoing surgery in August 2020 to repair a torn ACL, Hurd was expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2021 campaign, but he suffered a setback in the 49ers' preseason finale and opened the season on injured reserve. Head coach Kyle Shahanan acknowledged earlier this week that Hurd wasn't on track to play at any point this year, and rather than monitoring the wideout's recovery over the offseason, San Francisco ultimately elected to cut bait. Hurd will most likely clear waivers and look to sign with another club once he's healthy.
Nov 11, 2021 1:44 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said he doesn't expect Hurd (knee) to be available at any point this season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Hurd suffered a torn ACL during August of the 2020 campaign, but he was expected to be healthy heading into training camp this season. However, he was still forced to miss practices throughout camp due to a lingering knee issue. The 2019 third-round pick was able to appear in one preseason game, registering five touches for 28 yards, but he was still limited by the knee injury and was eventually placed on injured reserve at the beginning of the regular season. Now, it appears that he may spend his third straight full season on injured reserve.
Nov 8, 2021 2:56 PM EST
The 49ers placed Hurd (knee) on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: A 2019 third-round pick, Hurd has yet to make his pro debut due to back and an array of knee injuries. The current concern is tendinitis in his knee, which will sideline him for at least the first three games of the campaign. Even when (or if) he's able to return, Hurd may have a tough time climbing a depth chart populated by Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Mohamed Sanu, Trent Sherfield and Jauan Jennings.
Sep 11, 2021 3:41 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Hurd (knee) will be "shut down for a little bit" and could soon be placed on injured reserve, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick came back from last year's ACL tear to play in a preseason game, but the 49ers have since decided he isn't ready for additional action. Hurd figures to miss at least the first three weeks of the season, and it isn't clear he'll have a significant role in the offense whenever he's ready to play.
Sep 8, 2021 2:09 PM EST
Hurd (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice and didn't appear to be present for Thursday's session, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Lombardi suggests that Hurd may be eased in this season after suffering a torn ACL last year. He played in one preseason, and he'll likely be a depth receiver even if he's back at full strength. Still, the 49ers did keep him on the roster, and they haven't moved him to IR for the time being. Hurd could get some snaps Week 1 at Detroit.
Sep 2, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Hurd (knee) is likely to make the 53-man roster if his health holds up leading up to the regular season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Hurd made his preseason debut Sunday against the Raiders, finishing with 27 yards on five touches (one carry), displaying his versatility as a 6-foot-5 wideout with a history as a running back. The 49ers' brass clearly values the 25-year-old's talent given the strong endorsement for a player who has yet to record a regular-season snap in two years. Hurd is an intriguing asset should he ever earn a significant role in an offense, making him a name to keep track of whether or not he is on the field when San Francisco takes on Detroit in Week 1.
Aug 30, 2021 8:35 AM EST
Hurd (knee) was back in action during Sunday's preseason finale against the Raiders, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurd had five touches for 28 total yards in the preseason finale after dealing with knee tendonitis during the majority of training camp. The 2019 third-round pick is coming off ACL surgery that kept him out of the 2020 campaign, and while the 49ers are being patient, he is running out of time to make an impression as he still hasn't made his NFL debut. When healthy, his talent projects him as one of the top wideouts on San Francisco's roster, but he just hasn't been able to stay on the field.
Aug 29, 2021 4:42 PM EST
Hurd (knee) resumed practicing Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hurd, who missed Sunday's preseason matchup against the Chargers, has been on and off the practice field throughout training camp. Most recently, the 2019 third-round pick received over a week of rest in order to manage tendonitis in his knee. Now that he's back in action, Hurd will resume competing to secure a role in the 49ers' receiving corps.
Aug 25, 2021 1:47 PM EST
Hurd (knee) will not play during Sunday's preseason contest against the Chargers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hurd is managing tendonitis in his knee, and coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers' plan is to rest him for 10 days. The 2019 third-round pick is working to put his injury history behind him after missing the first two seasons of his career, and the team has consistently taken a cautious approach to managing his reps throughout training camp.
Aug 19, 2021 1:04 PM EST
Hurd (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Hurd, who missed practice Tuesday, will now look to carve out a role in the team's wideout pecking order, though at this stage, he's listed behind Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Mohamed Sanu and Richie James on the 49ers unofficial depth chart, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News.
Aug 11, 2021 2:53 PM EST
Hurd (undisclosed) didn't practice Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per coach Kyle Shanahan, Hurd "just didn't feel right" Tuesday morning. It remains to be seen if the wideout's issue is indicative of anything other than a minor setback, but Shanahan acknowledged that Hurd -- who missed the entirety of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL -- is running out of time to make an impression as the preseason progresses.
Aug 10, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Hurd (undisclosed) was a full participant at Friday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurd's previous participation at practice was just in limited fashion will nursing an undisclosed injury. However, it appears his health is now back up to par. He is expected to compete for a role providing depth at wide receiver for the 49ers this season.
Aug 6, 2021 5:54 PM EST
Hurd (undisclosed) participated in team drills Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurd didn't log a full workload, but it's certainly encouraging to see him handling team drills for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last August. The 49ers will likely continue easing Hurd back into action slowly until the medical staff gives word that there's minimal risk of aggravating any injuries. With veteran wideouts Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor both having departed San Francisco this offseason, there could be room for Hurd to carve out a role on offense, provided he stays healthy.
Aug 3, 2021 12:45 PM EST
Hurd sat out practice Friday and Saturday for undisclosed reasons, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: Hurd missed the entirety of 2020 after suffering a torn ACL, but he was participating at the first practice of training camp Wednesday. It's unclear if the 25-year-old is having any injury issues, as the 49ers could simply be easing him back into the fold while coming off a major injury.
Aug 1, 2021 4:01 PM EST
Hurd (knee) participated in the first practice of training camp Wednesday, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: Hurd is nearly a full year removed from the ACL tear that forced him to miss all of 2020, and it appears that he's back to or near 100 percent health. The 49ers may opt to ease Hurd back into on-field action, given that he's dealt with back-to-back season-ending injuries since joining the team as a third-round pick during the 2019 NFL Draft. As long as Hurd can keep healthy, he could offer the likes of Richie James, Mohamed Sanu and Trent Sherfield strong competition for the No. 3 receiver role.
Jul 28, 2021 1:10 PM EST
Hurd (knee) did rehab work on a side field during Tuesday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick is finishing up his rehab from the ACL tear he suffered last August, with coach Kyle Shanahan saying Hurd should be ready for training camp. The 25-year-old could compete for the No. 3 receiver job, as the 49ers don't have an obvious third guy after Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. Competition for the role could also include Richie James, Mohamed Sanu and Trent Sherfield.
May 26, 2021 7:38 AM EST
Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Hurd (knee) is progressing well and expects him to be ready for the 2021 campaign, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Hurd has had a terrible string of luck since being drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, missing his entire rookie season with a back injury and then tearing his ACL at the start of training camp last year. The versatile football player -- can play wide receiver, tight end and potentially running back -- will have to establish an ability to stay healthy in order to crack the 53-man roster, but there is potential for carving out a unique role behind starters Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel following the departures of veteran wideouts Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor.
May 2, 2021 3:39 PM EST
Hurd's agent confirmed that the wideout suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's practice, Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: 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.
Aug 19, 2020 11:35 PM EST
The 49ers are worried Hurd's knee injury is an ACL tear, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: 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.
Aug 17, 2020 8:42 AM EST
Hurd suffered an apparent leg injury during Sunday's practice, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: 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.
Aug 16, 2020 2:35 PM EST
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