The team on Friday ruled him out of Saturday’s game against Tennessee because of a hamstring injury. He hasn’t even practiced since getting hurt against Buffalo on Nov. 27, so if he doesn’t return to practice next week, it’s likely he won’t be able to play in the Jan. 1 season finale at Indianapolis, either.
The Jaguars (2-12) also placed cornerback Aaron Colvin (ankle) and guard Chris Reed (toe) on injured reserve on Friday. To take their place on the active roster, the Jaguars promoted defensive back Akeem Davis and receiver Tony Washington from the practice squad.
In addition to Hurns, the Jaguars also ruled the following players out for the game against the Titans (8-6): running back Denard Robinson (ankle), tight end Neal Sterling (concussion), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (calf) and linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring).
Despite the fact that he hasn’t practiced in four weeks, the Jaguars opted not to put Hurns on injured reserve.
"He is working like heck and I think that anytime you see where, not that [GM] Dave [Caldwell] and I have discussions about philosophy or anything, but I think when you haven’t seen a player go on injured reserve this time of year, there’s always a chance for that player coming back," interim head coach Doug Marrone said. "He’s working his tail off and personally I’ve always seen Allen do that and I see him now really working to get back. You see the expression on his face when he’s watching his teammates go out there; he wants to be out there with them and that means a great deal to people in the organization, but more importantly his teammates."
Hurns has only caught 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns this season, significantly less production than he had last season (64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns). He had just four catches for 34 yards and one touchdown in his last four games.