SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, August 18, concerns were raised over Jalen Hurd tearing his ACL during practice on Monday, August 17. It has been confirmed by his agent, Doug Hendrickson, that he has tore his ACL and will be out for the season, multiple sources reported.
“It’s a torn ACL, just a straight ACL. Nothing more to it than that. Nothing else involved just a torn ACL” Hendrickson stated during a interview on KNBR Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks podcast show.
During practice on Monday, Hurd was doing routes on the side and his knee gave out unexpectedly.
Hurd missed his rookie year in 2019 after dealing with a stress reaction in his back after scoring two touchdowns during his preseason debut. After missing two months, the 49ers decided to place him on injured reserve on October 3, 2019.
After the news was reported, 49er fans criticized Hurd’s durability since he will not be available for another season at a position where Hurd was expected to be at the top of the depth chart according to Hendrickson. Hurd deactivated his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
He began his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, where he shared reps with New Orleans Saints running back, Alvin Kamara. After rushing for 2,638 yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 67 catches, 492 receiving yards, and six receiving touchdowns, he transferred to Baylor University. Once he was cleared to play after sitting out for the 2017 season, he became a receiver full time. He had 69 receptions, 946 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, and had 48 carries for 209 yards, and three rushing touchdowns. Hurd was the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Hurd was drafted in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers. As of late, the 49ers have been active with filling void’s on the offense. ESPN Senior NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, issued the following tweet:
“49ers are signing former Seahawks’ WR Jaron Brown, per source. Brown joins JJ Nelson and Tavon Austin as the third WR to sign with SF since camp opened. SF lost WR Jalen Hurd earlier this week to a season-ending torn ACL.”