Returning to the football field surely had to be tough for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns. During the team’s first-round matchup of last year’s NFL playoffs, Hurns suffered a gruesome leg injury against the Seattle Seahawks early in the game. After receiving medical attention, he was stretchered and the injury appeared to be to his ankle/lower leg.
Shortly after the injury, The Dallas Morning News showed Hurns being put into an ambulance to head directly to the hospital. When the game wrapped up, USA TODAY’s Jori Epstein revealed that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Hurns went right into surgery and had suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured knee.
Although that game was played back in January, Hurns has taken big strides forward during his rehab. On Tuesday, the wideout offered some positive news during the team’s mandatory minicamp.
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Allen Hurns Runs Routes for First Time Since Injury
During the most recent practice session, Hurns was spotted on the field with his gear on and took part in individual drills. As ESPN’s Todd Archer reported, Hurns spoke about the injury, stating that he still gets “cringy” when thinking about it, but that he ran routes in individual drills for the first time.
Allen Hurns admits he still gets “cringy,” when he thinks about the dislocated ankle and broken fibula he suffered in January wild-card game, but he was able to run routes in individual drills for the first time on Tuesday.
It’s a huge step in the right direction months after an injury which had many concerned about just how severe it could wind up being. Regardless, it appears Hurns is trending in the right direction quickly, and Cowboys fans should expect to see more of him moving forward this offseason.
Allen Hurns’ First Season With Cowboys
Hurns, who’s 27 years old, spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His best season came in 2015 when he caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the 16 games he played in Dallas last year, Hurns totaled 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns.
The hope was that Hurns could step in and help fill the void left by the release of Dez Bryant, as he signed a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason, per Over The Cap. He was unable to hit the ground running to start the year, and in turn, the Cowboys opted to swing a trade to bring in Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders. The addition of Cooper led to Hurns having a quiet final stretch and catching just seven passes over the final six games.