San Francisco 49ers DT Maurice Hurst set for surgery on torn biceps

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The depth of the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive line will be tested early in training camp after defensive tackle Maurice Hurst tore his biceps in Friday practice and needs surgery, according to coach Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan said Hurst will “most likely” miss the entire 2022 season.

“We’ll see after the surgery,” Shanahan said. “This is usually how the biceps work, but I don’t know exactly.”

Hurst sustained the injury on a jet sweep run, where he simply reached out and grabbed the runner when his arm gave out, Shanahan said.

Hurst’s loss is another blow to the Niners’ defensive line, widely regarded as their lowest-ranked group heading into training camp. It comes just a day after Shanahan announced Arik Armstead would be out “a couple of weeks” with a sprained right knee. Shanahan also noted Saturday that defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway has a slight quadriceps strain and will be out for a couple of weeks.

Hurst had been working with the starting defense on Friday when the Niners were able to attack Javon Kinlaw again after recovering from a right back cruciate ligament injury he suffered last season.

If Hurst misses the entire season, it would be a second disappointing straight season. The 2018 fifth-round pick struggled with ankle and calf injuries all of last season, limiting him to two games and 40 defensive snaps.

Without Hurst, Armstead and Ridgeway, the Niners have signed two defensive tackles — Robert Nkemdiche and Tomasi Laulile — in recent days.

In better injury news for the defensive line, Kinlaw is expected to start working in team drills in practice on Saturday after spending the first few days re-acclimatizing.

“I just want to see him get through training and play football,” said Shanahan. “Javon has everything in his body and in his mindset that he’s going to be a hell of a player.” San Francisco 49ers DT Maurice Hurst set for surgery on torn biceps

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