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WR Allen Hurns out, RB Chris Ivory to return for Jaguars versus Texans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns will miss his third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury, but the team does expect him to return to the field before the season ends.

Hurns hasn’t practiced since he was injured in the Jaguars’ 28-21 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 27. Hurns scored the Jaguars’ final touchdown and hurt his hamstring diving into the end zone.

Head coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars (2-11) didn’t put Hurns on IR last week along with tight end Julius Thomas and defensive end Jared Odrick because they believed Hurns may be able to play in the final two games.

"It might be next week," Bradley said. "We’ve got our fingers crossed."

Hurns, who signed a four-year, $40 million contract with $20 million guaranteed in early June, has had a disappointing year, catching just 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. Hurns had 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015 and had 16 touchdown catches in his first two seasons.

Singling him out for having a sub-par season is unfair, though, because every offensive skill player -- with the exception of receiver Marqise Lee -- has not even come close to meeting expectations.

In addition to Hurns, running back Denard Robinson (ankle) also will not play against Houston (7-6) at NRG Stadium this Sunday.

Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and center Brandon Linder (ankle) have been removed from the injury report and are expected to play against the Texans. It will be the first time Ivory has played since the Buffalo game.

"I’ve had some work this week [in practice]," said Ivory, who has rushed for 350 yards and two touchdowns in nine games. "I’ve been pretty comfortable for the most part, but I know once I see more bodies moving and live action I’ll be fine."