The 49ers are starting to receive bad news on the injury front, and the latest involves defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, who’s likely done for all of 2022.
The San Francisco 49ers knew they couldn’t get through the entirety of 2022 unscathed, at least on the injury front. Yet the hope was whatever rash of injuries wouldn’t be anywhere near as bad as it was in 2020 and hopefully even better than what took place in 2021.
One of the players who missed the bulk of 2021 was defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, a former Las Vegas Raiders castoff who impressed during training camp and the preseason before suffering a calf injury that derailed almost all of his first year with the Niners.
Hurst appeared in just two regular-season games for San Francisco in 2021, yet the 49ers elected to bring him back for another year, perhaps in response to losing standout nose tackle D.J. Jones in free agency.
Well, any thought of Hurst taking over as Jones’ replacement was put to rest during training camp.
Maurice Hurst suffers torn biceps during 49ers training camp, likely ends season
On the fourth day of Niners training camp, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters the 27-year-old Hurst suffered a torn biceps during Friday’s practices and would require surgery.
The injury and subsequent procedure are thought to be of the season-ending variety, according to the head coach (h/t Matt Barrows of The Athletic):
San Francisco is already dealing with some injuries on the interior of its defensive line. Third-year defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who appeared in only four games last season, is slowly being worked back into the rotation. And fellow defensive tackle Arik Armstead might miss the rest of training camp and the preseason with an MCL sprain.
In response to Armstead’s absence and with a roster spot already open, the 49ers signed free-agent defensive lineman Tomasi Laulil to help round out the depth chart.
Another corresponding move to help account for Hurst’s injury is likely expected soon.
At any rate, it’s a brutal setback for Hurst, who’s now poised to miss the vast majority of two years in a row because of injuries.