Jalen Hurd feared to have suffered torn ACL in 49ers’ practice
The first few days of the full-roster training camps have already seen a multitude of players sustaining various injuries. One of them is San Francisco 49ers sophomore wide receiver Jalen Hurd who will be sidelined indefinitely.
This comes after he sustained a knee injury that is feared to be a torn ACL. He is set to undergo an MRI soon to confirm the nature and severity of his injury.
NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo disclosed the details of Hurd’s situation on Twitter:
#49ers WR Jalen Hurd is undergoing an MRI this morning after suffering what’s believed to be a major knee injury in practice yesterday, sources tell me and @RapSheet. The fear is the test will reveal a torn ACL. Test will tell full story.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 17, 2020
Hurd previously played running back for the Tennessee Volunteers and wide receiver for the Baylor Bears during his four-year amateur career. He was then drafted by the 49ers as a wide receiver with the 67th pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
He missed the majority of the 2019 season as he was placed on injured reserve on October 3, 2019, with a back injury. He is expected to vie for a bigger role with the departure of veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders during the offseason. The recent injury sustained by sophomore Deebo Samuel also opened an opportunity for him prior to his own injury.
The 49ers are now left with a wideout room headlined by fourth-year players Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor, third-year player Dante Pettis, and rookie Brandon Aiyuk.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will have to get creative in scoring points for the upcoming season with an unproven and shallow pass-catcher rotation at hand. Luckily for him, his other options in tight end George Kittle and ball-carrier Raheem Mostert remain to be in the picture.
With or without Hurd, the 49ers will make the most out of its disposal and attempt to book another trip to the Super Bowl in the upcoming season.