Shanahan: Maurice Hurt not yet ready to come off PUP list

August 22, 2013

Backup offensive lineman Maurice Hurt’s stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list will last a while longer as he works to improve his conditioning, coach Mike Shanahan said.

DeAngelo Hall, center, does not expect to play Thursday. He is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)
Maurice Hurt, left, hopes to come off the PUP list soon. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Hurt, a third-year guard/tackle out of Florida, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery late in the spring and spent the remainder of the offseason rehabilitating. He opened training camp on the PUP list, but said at the time that he hoped to return to the field in roughly two weeks.

Hurt’s status hasn’t changed, however. During practice times, Hurt has done conditioning work with strength coach Ray Wright. Hurt said Wednesday that he is eager for the Redskins to activate him, but didn’t know when that would happen.

Shanahan indicated that Hurt still has to further improve his physical conditioning before he can come off the PUP list.

“We’re just going to keep on working him,” Shanahan said. “He’s got a knee. We’re trying to get him in football shape. I’m afraid if we put him in there too quick, there will be a setback, especially with a short week, so we’re constantly evaluating him, day by day.”

Hurt, when healthy, is expected to compete for a backup spot along the line. He has played both left guard and right tackle while making appearances in 21 games – starting nine.

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What’s ahead:

● Thursday’s practice is at 1 p.m. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett speaks afterward.

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