James Hurst

New Orleans Saints
Tight End #74
New Orleans Saints
Tight End #74

James Hurst News

Set to play Sunday

Hurst (concussion) was a full participant in practice Friday and does not carry a game designation ahead of Sunday's contest against the 49ers.

Analysis: Hurst sustained a concussion during the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Steelers, leaving him sidelined for the following game against the Rams. However, the 31-year-old appears to have cleared protocols, and should step back in as New Orleans' starting left tackle against the 49ers' dangerous pass rush.

Nov 25, 2022 8:16 PM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Hurst (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Hurst was forced out with a concussion during the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Steelers, leaving him sidelined for each practice ahead of Sunday's game. The starting left tackle will now look to clear the league's protocols before New Orleans' next game against San Francisco on Sunday, Nov. 27. With the availability of guard Andrus Peat (triceps) up in the air, the Saints may be left with a patchwork offensive line against the Rams' dominant defensive front.

Nov 18, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Won't return Sunday

Hurst (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: Hurst is now slated to miss the rest of Sunday's contest versus Pittsburgh due to concussion symptoms. With fellow left tackle Trevor Penning (toe) already ruled out for Week 10, Landon Young, Lewis Kidd and Calvin Throckmorton are candidates to replace the 30-year-old on the team's offensive line.

Nov 13, 2022 11:55 AM EST

All set for Week 1

Hurst (foot) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Hurst appears fully recovered from the foot injury he sustained mid-August, which is a huge boon for the Saints heading into a Week 1 matchup against the division-rival Falcons. The 30-year-old looks primed to start at left tackle until rookie first-rounder Trevor Penning (toe) returns from IR.

Sep 8, 2022 7:25 AM EST

Hopes to return soon

Coach Dennis Allen said after Friday's preseason finale against the Chargers that he believes Hurst (foot) will return "sooner than later," Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hurst sustained his foot injury in mid-August and was held out for Friday's matchup. It sounds as though the 30-year-old will have a chance to return to action in time for the Saints' Week 1 matchup against Atlanta on Sept. 11, which would be particularly crucial since rookie Trevor Penning sustained a toe injury Friday. Once he's healthy, Hurst is expected to serve as the Saints' starting left tackle.

Aug 26, 2022 8:34 PM EST

Dealing with foot injury

Hurst is dealing with a foot injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Head coach Dennis Allen relayed to the media that Hurst is dealing with a foot issue, but he failed to elaborate much on the matter. The severity of the injury is unknown, but Hurst missing any time would be a blow to the Saints' offensive. The veteran left tackle projects to be the starter this season, though rookie Trevor Penning has the tools to be a starting-caliber tackle. Penning was chosen 19th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, but is a bit raw at this early stage of his career. Hurst's injury is one to monitor, as it could have a major impact on the Saints' offense.

Aug 17, 2022 11:22 AM EST

Active against Packers

Hurst (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Hurst missed Friday's practice and was originally listed as questionable, but he recovered quickly enough to be part of the active roster in the season opener. He should provide depth on the offensive line for this one behind Terron Armstead at left tackle.

Sep 12, 2021 12:21 PM EST

Misses practice Friday

Hurst missed practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Packers due to a knee injury, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: It's not clear when Hurst sustained his knee injury, but his status for the season opener is in jeopardy due to the issue. If the 29-year-old is available Sunday, he's expected to serve in a depth role behind Terron Armstead.

Sep 10, 2021 8:40 PM EST

Multi-year deal with Saints

Hurst signed a three-year contract with the Saints on Monday,

Analysis: Hurst spent his 2020 season in New Orleans, but missed the first games due to a suspension for violating the performance-enhancing substance policy. Thereafter, he served as tackle depth behind Terron Armstead, a role he'll likely resume for the 2021 campaign.

Mar 15, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Has roster exemption lifted

Hurst, who is active Monday against the Chargers, had his roster exemption lifted prior to the game, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hurst was moved to the exempt list just a week earlier following the completion of his suspension, but he'll be available Monday night if needed.

Oct 12, 2020 7:41 PM EST

Shifts to exempt list

Hurst completed his four-game suspension and was placed on the exempt list Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The 28-year-old received the four-game ban during the spring for violating the league's PED policy, but he's now eligible to join the active roster. Hurst will have a roster exemption until the Saints decide to clear space on the active roster or release him.

Oct 5, 2020 3:04 PM EST

Heads to Big Easy

Hurst (suspension) signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 28-year-old was released by the Ravens in mid-March but now has a new team for 2020. Hurst has to sit out the first four games of the season due to a PED suspension, and he figures to work in a reserve role once reinstated.

May 27, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Released by Baltimore

The Ravens have released Hurst.

Analysis: The backup offensive lineman is set to be suspended for the first four games of the 2020 regular season, but once that's up he'll look to parlay his versatility into a new deal elsewhere.

Mar 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

Gets four-game PED suspension

Hurst will be suspended for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Entering the third season of a four-year, $17.5 million contract, Hurst already has been mentioned as a potential cap casualty, and a suspension won't help his chances to stick around. The 28-year-old has made 44 starts in six seasons with Baltimore, most recently serving as the top backup for both tackle spots. Hurst has never been especially good, but his ability to play every O-line spot besides center at a competent level does provide some value to an NFL team.

Feb 14, 2020 12:35 PM EST

No longer injured

Hurst (undisclosed) avoided Wednesday's injury report, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hurst was forced out of Saturday's tilt with an undisclosed injury and the team hasn't released much information since. With his name absent from Wednesday's injury report, the big man is good to go from here on out.

Dec 26, 2018 1:37 PM EST

Leaves with undisclosed injury

Hurst left Saturday's game against the Chargers with an undisclosed injury, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It looked like Hurst left with a leg injury, but we'll need to wait for confirmation. He was replaced by Jermaine Eluemunor.

Dec 22, 2018 6:09 PM EST

Shakes off injury

Hurst (back) is active for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hurst missed the last six games due to a back injury. He'll immediately be put in as the starting left guard with Alex Lewis (shoulder) sitting out.

Dec 9, 2018 9:05 AM EST

Officially listed as questionable

Hurst (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hurst has missed six straight games due to a lingering back injury, but appears to have a shot at retaking the field Week 14. If Hurst ultimately remains sidelined, rookie tackle Orlando Brown will draw another start.

Dec 7, 2018 3:28 PM EST

Inactive Week 13

Hurst (back) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hurst is missing his sixth-consecutive game due to his back injury. Rookie tackle Orlando Brown has been starting in place of Hurst and will figure to do so once again in Week 13.

Dec 2, 2018 9:11 AM EST

Doubtful for Week 13

Hurst (back) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hurst has missed five straight games due to a lingering back injury, and appears on track to sit out Sunday's tilt against the Falcons. If Hurst is indeed unable to go Week 13, rookie third-round pick Orlando Brown will draw another start at right tackle.

Nov 30, 2018 12:43 PM EST

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