Tennessee 5-Star RB Commit Jalen Hurd to Miss Senior Season with Shoulder Injury

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

Five-star running back Jalen Hurd, a Tennessee commit and one of the top prospects in high school football, tore the labrum in his shoulder and will have to miss his entire senior season.

According to Daniel Lewis of Nooga.com:

The Hendersonville, Tenn., native and standout at Beech High School injured his shoulder during Sunday’s nationally-televised game against Station Camp High School.

Hurd briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his shoulder, but returned a few plays later. That injury turned out to be more than minor, with further tests reportedly revealing a torn labrum.

As Lewis explained, Hurd's injury appeared minor on game day last weekend, allowing him to re-enter the game after suffering it. He continued to rush well, finishing the afternoon with 177 yards on 21 carries, three touchdowns and an interception.

But after finding out the severity of his tear, Hurd learned he would have to miss his whole senior season—prompting him to send this heartbreaking tweet:

Ranked No. 30 on the 247Sports composite (and No. 22 on its subjective rankings), Hurd is one of the most explosive two-way players in high school football. He's one of just 10 top-30 players already committed for next year and one of just five in the SEC.

Though having to miss his senior year is a traumatic personal strife, Hurd should be ready to go by next season, provided no complications with his surgery/recovery. But that part isn't so straightforward.

Back in 2004, B/R injury expert Will Carroll (then writing for Slate) penned a haunting piece about torn labrums in baseball and how doctors had treated them improperly.

Sports medicine has made big strides in the past nine years—and shoulder injuries are, obviously, a bigger deal for pitchers than running backs—but the dreaded "torn labrum" still carries with it a stigma.

There's no reason to expect the worst with Hurd's recovery, but if you're a Tennessee fan, it wouldn't hurt to check in on his progress throughout the season.

Hopefully all goes well, and he can get back to doing awesome things like this.