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NFL First Round Pick Out With Fractured Foot

A Baltimore Ravens player kneeling in the end zone.

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Linebacker Tyus Bowser #54 of the Baltimore Ravens prays in the end zone prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The injuries continue to pile up in the middle of the NFL preseason. Now, first-round pick Hayden Hurst of the Baltimore Ravens will miss time.

Hurst was the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The dynamic tight end was expected to have a pretty big role in the Ravens offense.

The 6-foot-5, 245 pound tight end comes over from South Carolina, where he piled up 1,281 yards and 11 touchdowns over three seasons, with nine of those scores coming in 2017. He also ran for a touchdown last season.

The Ravens drafted he and third-rounder Mark Andrews out of Oklahoma at the position in the spring. Last year, 37-year old Ben Watson was the leading receiver at tight end with 522 yards and four scores. He is back with the New Orleans Saints, where he previously played three years.

According to Mike Garafolo, Hayden Hurst will miss around a month due to a stress fracture in his foot.

He reported the injury earlier today:

Through the start of the preseason, Hurst had pulled in five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end injuries have plagued the Ravens for years now. Dennis Pitta was a very productive player for the club, but was forced into retirement after dislocating his hip for a third time in June 2017.

The team made a big NFL Draft play at tight end back in 2015, selecting Minnesota's Maxx Williams in the second round. He remains on the roster, but has dealt with myriad injuries during his NFL career.

Williams has made 29 appearances and 15 starts through three seasons in the NFL. He's been limited to 47 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns.