Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Hurns Shakes off Injury with Big Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Hurns Shakes off Injury with Big Play

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran and Hays Carlyon

Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns' never-boring rookie year continued Sunday when he battled through a left ankle injury to catch a 63-yard touchdown pass in the 44-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Hurns seemed unlikely to play when he needed crutches to get out of FedEx Field last Sunday and was wearing a protective boot in the Jaguars' locker room a day later.

Hurns sat out two practices before going through a walk-through on Friday.

"It's been a long week for me as far as being in the training room from morning to night," Hurns said. "The training staff did a good job treatment-wise."

Hurns' season to date:

Week 1 at Philadelphia: Four catches for 110 yards, including touchdowns of 34 and 21 yards.

Week 2 at Washington: An opening-series drop that would have been a touchdown, then the ankle injury.

Week 3 vs. Indianapolis: His only catch was the touchdown.

"I ran a slant route," Hurns said. "The main thing was catching the ball first, and then I was able to break some tackles and finish it."

TWO INTS FOR BORTLES

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles' debut performance was highlighted by a 20-yard scramble and touchdown passes to Hurns and Cecil Shorts. But Bortles threw two interceptions, including one returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Greg Toler.

Bortles' first pick was on a throw 29 yards down the left sideline intended for Allen Robinson that was intercepted by Vontae Davis.

"I probably could have done a back-shoulder throw to A-Rob," Bortles said.

The second came when Bortles was flushed out of the pocket, and his throw intended for Hurns was intercepted by Toler.

"Definitely a stupid throw," Bortles said. "On a scramble, you can't do that."

SHORTS' DEBUT

Shorts (hamstring) made his 2014 debut and had five catches for 35 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown.

Shorts missed two weeks because of the injury and returned to practice Wednesday. After Friday's walk-through, he predicted he would be available for full-time duty.

"It was tough being out so it felt good to get back out there with the guys," Shorts said. …

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