ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas receiver Allen Hurns was in surgery for a broken left ankle, a gruesome injury sustained in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ 24-22 wild-card win over Seattle.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Hurns was “probably in surgery at this time” after the game Saturday night.
Hurns was being dragged down by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his lower left leg appeared to buckle.
The 27-year-old Hurns writhed in pain on the turf as medical personnel rushed out to immobilize his leg. He was taken off the field on a cart after being placed on a stretcher, tears streaming down his face.
Several players from both teams crowded around the stretcher as Hurns was wheeled off. Hurns held up his left fist as the crowd cheered while the cart was driven off the field.
The Cowboys signed Hurns as a free agent in the offseason after waiving franchise career touchdown catches leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move. With the catch against the Seahawks, Hurns had 21 catches for 309 yards with two touchdowns this season.
On the inside of Allen Hurns’ left ankle are the marks from where the bone broke through. On the outside, evidence remains of the plate and screws that are helping the ankle and fibula again support the Cowboys wide receiver as he runs routes and makes cuts and catches, like he always has.
Hurns took part in individual drills Tuesday during the first day of Dallas’ mandatory three-day minicamp at The Star, a true sign of progress since the gruesome injury he suffered during the Wild Card playoff win over Seattle on Jan. 5 at AT&T Stadium. After his ankle snapped, his foot pointed the wrong direction. Coach Jason Garrett held his hand as the medics worked, Hurns’ teammates gathered nearby as a show of respect. Tears ran down Hurns’ face and he raised his fist as he was carted off the field.
“I have a lot of faith in God,” Hurns said. “I knew that I would make it back.”
Hurns, who hopes to be full-go by the start of training camp in late July, returns to a crowded receiving corps. The Cowboys projected starters at receiver are Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. In the final year of his two-year, $12 million deal, Hurns could be considered expendable. He has dealt with worse.
“My main thing is to get healthy, put together a great training camp,” Hurns said, “and go from there.”
Hurns had earned respect from the coaching staff and teammates with his ability to play all over the field, accumulating a mostly quiet 20 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns in his first season in Dallas before the injury. Oh, the injury.
Not far into the Cowboys’ wild-card game against the Seahawks, receiver Allen Hurns went down on the field after suffering a gruesome ankle injury.
The game was stopped for several minutes as team doctors and athletic trainers placed Hurns on a stretcher and then onto a cart to be removed from the field and immediately transported by ambulance to a hospital. Tears flowed down the side of Hurns’ face on the stretcher and he raised his fist in the air as he left the field.
“The surgery went well,” Garrett said Sunday night. “He seems to be doing well and seems to be in good spirits. There is an expectation of a full recovery.”
The reaction to Hurns’ injury continued on Sunday morning after NFL Network’s Jane Slater posted photos of her friend’s son, Luke, who wrote a letter to Hurns after seeing the injury.I saw the Cowboys-Seahawks game last night. I saw you get hurt, I hope you are okay. Don’t worry, you have the best doctors in the world. I prayed four times for you. You will get way better shortly.
His mother, Kim McSwain, responded to Slater’s tweet saying her son was looking for his football card to fill the spot marked with an orange sticky note.
Hurns underwent surgery immediately after exiting the field and is expected to return to football by August, barring any complications. He spoke out on social media on Sunday for the first time since the injury and also thanked Luke for his letter.
Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns suffered a gruesome left ankle injury in the team’s 24–22 NFC Wild Card win over the Seahawks on Saturday.
USA Today’s Jori Epstein reported owner Jerry Jones said Hurns was most likely in surgery after the game and that Hurns dislocated his ankle and fractured his knee.
Hurns was injured with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter. Medical staff came out to attend Hurns as teammates gathered around to show support. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett came out to hold Hurns’s hand.
Medical staff placed an inflatable boot over Hurns’s left ankle and foot, and the sellout crowd cheered as Hurns was carted off. Hurns gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken off the field. He did not return.
The 27-year-old receiver had 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns this season. Hurns signed with the Cowboys in March after playing for the Jaguars since 2014.
Three games into his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Allen Hurns is frustrated by the team’s slow start.
Speaking to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, Hurns said his role in the offense has been trying to this point.
“The majority of my snaps, I feel like I can get separation,” Hurns said. “You will get frustrated, that’s part of it. The main thing for me is just staying positive in the head and control what I can. I can’t let that affect how I am. If I let it affect how I am then I won’t be getting open and I will be dropping the ball when it does come my way.”
The Cowboys signed Hurns to a two-year deal in the offseason. He was trying to rebuild his value after playing just 21 games over his previous two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hurns has appeared in each of Dallas’ first three games. The 26-year-old ranks fifth on the team with nine targets, sixth with four receptions and he has yet to catch a touchdown.
“I don’t do nothing,” Hurns said. “Hopefully they see it on film.”
The Cowboys enter Week 4 ranked 30th in the NFL in yards per game (277.7) and 31st in points per game (13.7) and passing yards per game (145).
Dallas is searching for an offensive identity in 2018 after releasing Dez Bryant and seeing Jason Witten retire. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick is out of action for the foreseeable future after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.
The Cowboys have a favorable matchup on Sunday against a Detroit Lions defense that is allowing the seventh-most points per game.
When Allen Hurns takes the field in 2018, he will be doing so both in a new uniform and a new number.
Hurns moved on from the Jacksonville Jaguars and signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, but his decision to switch his uniform number from No. 88 (which Dez Bryant currently wears in Dallas) to No. 17 goes much deeper.
The Miami native told 105.3 The Fan that he made the change to honor the 17 victims of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: