Update: Thankfully, it sounds like Hayden Hurst is doing fine, according to his latest update posted on Twitter.
I appreciate everyone reaching out & checking on me. I suffered a pretty nasty concussion against the Bears a few weeks ago & don't remember up to 4 hours after the game. Scary situation but the Panthers have been incredible walking me through this process.— Hayden Hurst (@haydenrhurst) December 7, 2023
Some exits are harder than others, and when the Cincinnati Bengals lost Hayden Hurst, it was a painful loss for the fanbase.
Hurst was a fan-favorite player and a focal point in the team’s offense last season before signing with the Carolina Panthers the following offseason.
Sadly, Hurst is now dealing with a serious brain injury following a big hit he took on Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears. According to his father, Hurst has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Amnesia (PTA).
@haydenrhurst has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Amnesia by an independent neurologist as a result of the hit he took in Chicago November 9. Slow recovery, don’t know when he’ll be back. Prayers appreciated!— Jerry Hurst (@jhurst10) December 6, 2023
When Hurst will be back on the field is unknown, but he hasn’t played since that game in Chicago, in which he ended with two receptions for 14 yards. He has 18 receptions and 184 receiving yards through nine games this season.
Hurst ended last season in Cincinnati with 414 receiving yards and 52 receptions. The 30-year-old was formerly a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hurst as he looks to recover from this serious situation.