Bengals tight end Hurst cleared to play in AFC Championship Game against Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst has been cleared to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs after overcoming a calf injury.
Hurst had been limited at Bengals practice on Thursday but was a full participant on Friday before not being listed in their injury report.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor indicated Hurst was available, having been limited for precautionary reasons. Hurst had missed three games with a right calf injury which he tweaked in Week 13 against the Chiefs.
"I thought he had a good practice today," Taylor told reporters on Friday.
The Bengals tight end had 52 receptions for 414 yards for two touchdowns during the regular season, adding nine receptions for 104 yards and one TD in their two playoffs games.
"He brings a lot of energy, always knows what he's doing, brings physicality, reliable in the pass game," Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said on Thursday.
"Just a trustworthy, reliable, explosive player. Love to have him."