Jalen Hurd

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #5
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #5

Jalen Hurd News

Finishing up rehab from ACL tear

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

Could be ready for start of season

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

ACL tear confirmed

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

Getting tests for possible ACL tear

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

May have injured leg

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

Cleared from injury

Hurd (back) has been medically cleared and has resumed running this offseason, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: 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.

Apr 27, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Doesn't have full clearance

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 it to completely heal, it happens on different timelines," Lynch said. "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.

Analysis: A mid-February report suggested Hurd had already made a full recovery from the stress fracture in his back, while Lynch sung a different tune when he spoke to reporters at the 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.

Feb 26, 2020 8:58 AM EST

Healthy after lost rookie season

Hurd's back injury has healed, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The third-round pick should be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program in April, after missing his entire rookie campaign with a back injury suffered in August. With Emmanuel Sanders scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, it isn't out of the question for Hurd to compete for a starting job, though a backup role seems more likely. Listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hurd played running back for most of his college career and has been discussed as a potential tight end, but the Niners seem to view him as an oversized wide receiver.

Feb 12, 2020 7:24 AM EST

No tread in rookie season

Hurd (back) didn't play in 2019.

Analysis: Hurd missed the first month, but the team was optimistic he'd shake off the back injury. However, the rookie third-round pick was placed on IR on Oct. 3, and he was never activated. The 49ers clearly thought a lot of Hurd's potential, but they rode the coattails of versatile rookie wideout Deebo Samuel this year. Emmanuel Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and even if he's re-signed, Hurd should have a chance to battle Kendrick Bourne for a starting role in 2020.

Feb 4, 2020 1:48 PM EST

Unlikely to play this season

Coach Kyle Shanahan implied Hurd (back) is a long shot to play this season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hurd's rookie campaign has been plagued by a stress fracture in his lower back, which has spurred Shanahan to waffle a few times on his potential to suit up. A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Hurd has six more chances in the regular season to return to full health and get the blessing of the 49ers' medical staff.

Nov 18, 2019 4:39 PM EST

Goes on injured reserve

The 49ers placed Hurd (back) on injured reserve Thursday.

Analysis: A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Hurd suffered a stress reaction in his back in late August and has been in recovery mode in the meantime. According to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, Hurd "did not look good" while running before a practice last week. Considering the lack of progress in his recovery, Hurd will sit out the next eight weeks with the hope the 49ers decide to bring him back to the 53-man roster during the stretch run of the season.

Oct 3, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Not practicing Monday

Hurd (back) is not practicing Monday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Hurd is working to make his season debut Week 5 versus the Browns, but he doesn't yet appear to have made tangible progress in his recovery from a stress fracture in his lower back. That said, the rookie third-round pick will have multiple opportunities to return to practice ahead of Monday's matchup versus Cleveland. Hurd's chances of taking the field will be made more clear when the 49ers' first injury report of the week is released Thursday.

Sep 30, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Expected to ready after bye week

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he expects Hurd (back) to play Week 5 against Cleveland, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hurd has yet to see the field this season because of the injury. According to Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, the rookie third-round pick could return to practice next Monday in preparation for San Francisco's Week 5 contest against the Browns.

Sep 23, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Ruled out again

Hurd (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, with the 49ers hoping to get him back for Week 5, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A Week 4 bye gives the rookie wide receiver a decent chance to end his streak of absences at three games. Of course, it isn't clear that Hurd will be a significant part of the offense whenever he might be ready to play.

Sep 20, 2019 1:54 PM EST

No tangible progress

Hurd (back) is not practicing Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Hurd continues to nurse a back injury sustained just ahead of San Francisco's final preseason tilt. He doesn't appear to be trending towards suiting up Week 3 versus the Steelers, in which case the rookie's NFL debut would be further delayed. A timetable for Hurd's return remains undisclosed.

Sep 18, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Hurd (back) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick will continue to put off his NFL debut as he battles a back injury he suffered before the final preseason game. Hurd still isn't practicing, either, which is an unfavorable sign for him to return by even Week 3 versus the Steelers, but he wasn't initially placed on injured reserve so his absence shouldn't extend far into October.

Sep 13, 2019 11:28 AM EST

Still not practicing

Hurd (back) did not practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hurd sat out Sunday's season-opening win over the Buccaneers and appears in danger of missing multiple weeks due to a back injury. A long-term absence could significantly hamper Hurd's chances of securing a role in San Francisco's offense as a rookie. Of course, it's a positive sign that Hurd has avoided IR to this point.

Sep 11, 2019 12:44 PM EST

Won't make regular-season debut

Hurd (back) is out for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Hurd was never expected to play and didn't log any practice participation during the week. He's in danger of missing time beyond the regular-season opener, with no assurance of a significant role once he's healthy. That said, the 49ers thus far have opted not to place the rookie third-round pick on injured reserve.

Sep 6, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Multi-game absence possible

Hurd (back) is in danger of missing multiple games, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. On Wednesday, coach Kyle Shanahan called Hurd's availability "week-to-week as opposed to day-to-day."

Analysis: Shanahan wouldn't elaborate on an injury that previously has been termed "back tightness," but the rookie wideout nonetheless is deemed "doubtful" to play Sunday in Tampa Bay. The 49ers' receiving also will be without Trent Taylor (foot), leaving Dante Pettis (groin), Marquise Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Richie James as the candidates for targets from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Sep 4, 2019 3:19 PM EST

Unlikely to play Week 1

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Hurd (back) is considered "week-to-week" and is expected to miss Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hurd was initially labeled day-to-day with a back injury. It's possible that the rookie third-round pick suffered a setback in his recovery. While it still appears as though Hurd will avoid being placed on injured reserve, a timetable for his return to full health remains uncertain.

Sep 4, 2019 12:38 PM EST

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