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Hayden Hurst Returns to Practice and More Injury Updates

September 26, 2018 - 1:34 pm

By Joe Schiller

For the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot, Hayden Hurst is back on the practice field.

The first-round rookie tight end has yet to see the field during the regular season and this is an encouraging sign.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Hurst was slated to return this week and after a cautious approach back, there could be a chance that he makes his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. That will be determined by Hurst’s availability in practice over the next few days.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley missed last Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a bone bruise in his knee but told reporters that he’s taking the injury “day-to-day.” Mosley made a brief appearance at practice last week after suffering the injury against the Bengals in Week 2.

Patrick Onwuasor and rookie Kenny Young were impressive in Mosley’s absence but face a true test if the Pro Bowl linebacker misses another game. The Steelers possess a potent offense at all levels, even without Le’Veon Bell.

Defensive tackle Michael Pierce also missed last week’s game with a bruised foot but expressed optimism in his return this week, telling reporters that he’ll practice today.

“I plan on playing this week," he said, per Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. "My foot has been feeling a lot better. I’ll test it out today and see how it goes, but I should be able to play.”

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