The Redskins on Tuesday placed guard/tackle Maurice Hurt on injured reserve, ending his quest to return to action in his third NFL season.

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

Hurt had spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back into shape following offseason arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring.

Hurt has spent the past three weeks practicing on an evaluation basis. The Redskins had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to either activate him to the 53-man roster and release another player to make room for him, or to release Hurt, or place him on injured reserve.

Hurt had long maintained that he was healthy enough to return to action. But Shanahan said that he was too far behind to make an impact this season.

“He’s looking better, but you’ve got to make a decision what direction you’re going to go, and missing all that time, we decided to go in that direction,” Shanahan said. “I don’t think he really has [an injury] in particular. But you’ve got to activate somebody or deactive somebody, and we decided to go in that direction.”

Hurt, a seventh-round pick out of Florida in 2011, has one more year left on his contract.

Defensive end Adam Carriker remains on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab from multiple surgeries to repair a torn quadriceps tendon. The Redskins didn’t yet have to make a move on his situation, but Shanahan said whenever that deadline comes, Carriker — who still is unable to practice — will not be activated.

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What’s ahead:

● Kirk Cousins on whether or not he should start.

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 11:50 a.m. Coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett are expected to speak with reporters afterward.

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