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Maurice Hurt eligible to come off of PUP list next week

Maurice Hurt hopes to come off of the PUP list soon. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Backup offensive lineman Maurice Hurt is eligible to come off of the physically unable to perform list next week, but the third-year pro said that he hasn’t yet received indication on whether or not that will happen.

Hurt had arthroscopic knee surgery during the offseason and spent training camp and the preseason rehabbing. He had yet to work his way back to 100 percent health by the time the final roster cuts were made on Aug. 31, and the Redskins placed him on the in-season PUP list instead.

By rule, players on the regular season PUP list aren’t eligible to begin practicing until after Week 6, but a team can instead wait until Week 11 to allow them to return to practice. Washington’s coaches would then receive a 21-day period to evaluate Hurt in practices so they could make a decision on whether to add him to the 53-man roster, cut him or place him on Injured Reserve.

“I feel fine now,” said Hurt, who since the start of the season has continued to work with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright to get back into football shape. “I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I hope I can start as soon as possible.”

A seventh-round pick out of Florida in 2011, Hurt started eight games at left guard as a rookie and then appeared in 13 games last season, starting one of them at right tackle.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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