Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns ran routes on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered his gruesome ankle injury in their wild-card playoff game in January, and expects to be fully healthy and ready to go for training camp next month.
Hurns went down in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ wild-card win against the Seattle Seahawks in January after a 14-yard catch, and suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula. He was carted off the field and went directly to a hospital for surgery.
“I still get a little cringey thinking about it, but you know what's surprising going through that? It wasn't like the worst pain in my life," Hurns said, via ESPN. “I was more freaked out about my ankle facing another way, but it was crazy for sure.
“Especially I had to stay off social media with everybody tagging me and things like that showing me the videos. I try not to watch it.”
While the rehab process was slow, Hurns said he couldn’t put any weight on his leg for two months, he has started lifting and jogging again this summer. He said on Tuesday that he feels about “90 percent.”
“After those first two months I was able to do much more – lifting, start jogging, and that’s where things start getting exciting,” Hurns said, via the Cowboys website. “That’s the great thing about it – each week you come in and you see ‘OK, I’ve progressed to this. I’m not where I was.’”
Though he won’t participate fully throughout minicamp just yet, especially consecutive days in a row, Hurns is just thrilled to finally be out on the field again.
“Not being able to be out there and compete with your teammates, seeing them going out there practicing and things like that, that’s one of the toughest things for me,” Hurns said, via the Cowboys website. “So today, it meant a lot just being out there with them.”
Hurns’ future with the Cowboys
Hurns recorded 295 yards and two touchdowns on 20 receptions last year in Dallas, his first with the Cowboys after signing a two year deal with the organization last March. He is set to make at least $4 million this season, causing the Cowboys a $6.25 million salary cap hit, before he will become an unrestricted agent next offseason.
With the severity of his injury, and the receiving core that the Cowboys currently have — with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, former Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin, among others — Hurns knows his time in Dallas may be limited.
Until he knows for sure, the 27-year-old said he’s just focused on getting back to normal and having a successful summer. After all, that’s really all he can do.
“I know that I'd return," Hurns said, via ESPN. “I'm not sure where it's going to be. My main thing is to get healthy, put together a great training camp and go from there.”
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