Decision on Maurice Hurt coming today

After practicing with his team on an evaluation basis for the last three weeks, third-year offensive lineman Maurice Hurt will learn his fate today.

The Redskins, according to league rules, have until 4 p.m. to decide whether to activate the guard/tackle off of the Physically Unable to Perform list, or if they should place him on season-ending injured reserve, or release him.

Maurice Hurt

Maurice Hurt practiced for the first time this season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Hurt had arthroscopic surgery on his knee late in the spring and opened training camp on the PUP list. He has remained on the regular season PUP list while working to further strengthen his knee while also improving his physical shape.

Hurt received clearance on Nov. 13 to return to practice, and that started a 21-day period in which the Redskins coaches were able to evaluate him without making a coinciding move on the 53-man roster.

Today is the day on which they must determine his future, however.

Asked on Monday which way he was leaning, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan declined to say and said only that the decision would come “on Tuesday.”

Because the Redskins have 53 players on their roster, they would have to make a roster move to create space for Hurt.

The Redskins drafted Hurt in the seventh round out of Florida in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 329-pounder started eight games at left guard as a rookie when veteran Kory Lichtensteiger suffered a season-ending knee injury. Hurt appeared in 13 games last season, playing primarily on special teams. But he did start one game at right tackle with Tyler Polumbus sidelined by a concussion.

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