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After setting the Tennessee state record for rushing yards in a season as a junior in 2012, five-star Tennessee commit Jalen Hurd's senior season lasted just one game.
Hurd's injury occurred early in Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech's 42-39 win over nearby Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp, but he stayed in the game and finished with 177 yards on 20 carries and also played most of the game on defense as a safety.
The injury is to Hurd's right shoulder but is different than the one he suffered last season, which caused him to miss one game and limited him to one carry in another.
"He has a minor labrum tear in his right shoulder," Hurd's mother, Tara Smotherman, said in a message board post on Volquest.com, part of the Rivals.com network. "This is not the same area that was repaired last time; that area is still very much intact."
There was a possibility that Hurd could rehab the shoulder or even perhaps try to play through the injury, but Smotherman said he's focused on his future.
"The risk of him playing injured and causing further damage to that shoulder, or the risk of him potentially hurting himself somewhere else because he would be playing injured, is not something that we feel would be beneficial in any way to Jalen's future," she said. "So we have decided to go ahead and get this area repaired and also have this area stabilized to prevent future dislocations. He will have this surgery very soon so that he will have adequate recovery time and so that he will be completely healed when he enrolls at Tennessee in January."
As a junior, Hurd rushed for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns and was also named Mr. Football for Class 3A while leading Beech to a state championship. Hurd's surgery is scheduled for Sept. 9.
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