Jalen Hurd injury more serious than thought, ‘not looking as good’ for 49ers vs. Buccaneers, says Kyle Shanahan

Aug 29, 2019 at 10:41 PM--

Rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd is in real danger of missing the San Francisco 49ers' regular-season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8, head coach Kyle Shanahan said after Thursday night's game.

Hurd has been dealing with back problems that kept him out of the 49ers' final two preseason games.

"It's a little more serious than we thought," Shanahan told reporters after the 49ers' preseason finale loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. "Still don't know for sure. We thought we would have a better chance at (him playing in) Tampa, but now that's not looking as good."

Shanahan went on to say that Hurd isn't likely to be in danger of landing on an injury list, just that his availability for Week 1 is more uncertain than previously believed.

"It's just we're not as confident that he'll be available Week 1, now," Shanahan added. "Still, we aren't for sure, but I was a lot more optimistic about that two days ago."

The 49ers made Hurd a third-round pick out of Baylor in April. He had three catches for 31 yards with two touchdowns in San Francisco's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys but was held without a catch in the next game against the Denver Broncos.

Hurd did not play against the Kansas City Chiefs or Chargers.

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