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Friday update: Hurns questionable, Walters out


JACKSONVILLE – Allen Hurns' official status may not be known until Sunday.

Whatever the result, the Jaguars' numbers at wide receiver could be an issue when they play at home for the first time in 20 days.

Hurns, a starting wide receiver, was listed as questionable on the team's Friday injury report. Hurns has been in the concussion protocol since hitting his head on the turf in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City last Sunday.

Hurns was cleared to practice on a limited basis Thursday, which leaves him one more step to pass before being cleared to play.

"[Hurns] went through another stage with it of what we can do with him," Head Coach Gus Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (2-6) prepared to play the division-leading Houston Texans (5-3) in an AFC South game at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.

"Again, we'll see what the trainers say afterwards. Hopefully, no symptoms pop up."

Bryan Walters, a reserve wide receiver/punt returner, was ruled out on Friday with a concussion. His absence leaves the Jaguars four healthy receivers entering Sunday's game: starter Allen Robinson, third-receiver Marqise Lee and reserves Arrelious Benn and Rashad Greene.

Greene has been inactive the last two games after fumbling a punt against Oakland, but Bradley said he anticipated that the second-year veteran will be active Sunday.

"I think Rashad has had two really good weeks," Bradley said. "I thought last week was really good – was hard to get him up last week. This week, though, he's got an opportunity and looks good for him. He's put together two really good weeks."

The Jaguars also have wide receiver Shane Wynn and Tony Washington available on the practice squad, though a roster move would have to be made to activate either player.

While Hurns hasn't practiced all week, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Hurns both expressed confidence that Hurns would know the offense well enough to play Sunday if cleared. Bradley on Friday agreed.

"He's pretty sharp on it," Bradley said. "He's been out on the field and watching if he hasn't been able to participate. There are some different things he has to know but he picks up on it pretty good."

Hurns leads the Jaguars with 443 yards receiving on 31 receptions this season. He also has scored two touchdowns. Robinson has 39 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns and Lee has 34 receptions for 442 yards and no touchdowns.

Walters was the only Jaguars player ruled out Friday. Hurns was one of four players listed as questionable along with free safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring), outside linebacker Arthur Brown (ankle) and defensive end Chris Smith (eye).

All other players listed on the injury report this week have been cleared to play. They are:

Strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (lower leg), Otto linebacker Myles Jack (hip), center Brandon Linder (hand), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), defensive end Jared Odrick (foot) and right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee).



"That's what we're hoping: build upon and rise above. Keep pushing that standard of where we're going. I think the whole team needs to feel it – offense, defense, special teams. I felt like that this week, that we made great strides there."


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"You feel positive. You can feel that the guys have energy and they're excited to play even though our record is 2-6. We feel we're on the right path and that we're playing against a division opponent at home. Those are all good variables for us."

*--Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny


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