While the Jacksonville Jaguars gutted out a win on Sunday in overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers, they might have ended up with a big loss at the wide receiver position. Late in the game after making a catch in the open field, Allen Hurns was hit low with a dirty shot from Chargers safety Jahleel Addae, who dove straight at Hurns knees. Addae has a reputation for this around the league and you can see exactly why, as he went straight at Hurns’ knees rather than trying to make an actual tackle.
Hurns writhed in pain on the ground, but had the wherewithal get himself to the sideline and save a timeout so the drive could continue. He had to be helped to the locker room and was in crutches after the game, adding a boot when reporters saw him on Monday.
“I don’t anticipate this week,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday when asked about Hurns’ status. “I would say yes for that, but I wouldn’t know after that.”
The Jaguars wide receiver group has been banged up as-is and was just beginning to find itself after resetting the loss of Allen Robinson, so Hurns being out for a long period of time could be a big blow. While Hurns wasn’t lighting up the stat sheets or anything, he was still a reliable target opposite Marqise Lee that Blake Bortles could go to. Thankfully the Jaguars appear as if they’re going to get a shot in the arm in the speed department with the return of Dede Westbrook.
“Dede (Westbrook) is ready to come back,” Marrone said on Monday. “Hopefully he has a good week and he’s ready to go.”
Westbrook has been available for the past two weeks to be activated from injured reserve, but it appeared that the team didn’t think he was quite ready to be back in the fold just yet. With the injury to Hurns, it’s likely that he will now be activated regardless, even if he’s just used minimally in packages. In truth, against the Browns, the Jaguars should be able to control the game where they need not rely on the passing game as much as this past week against the Chargers.