Cowboys' Hurns runs routes for first time since gruesome ankle injury

FRISCO, Texas (KWTX) The Dallas Cowboys began their three-day minicamp in Frisco on Tuesday, about six weeks prior to their official start of training camp in Oxnard, California.

The minicamp is similar to how OTAs are run, only this particular workout is mandatory. The team featured some of the big names on offense like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Jason Witten, who came out of retirement to return to the Cowboys.

It was also the first time that receiver Allen Hurns ran some routes since that ankle injury he suffered during the NFC Wild Card game against the Seahawks.

Hurns had been working on the side this spring recovering from surgery. After that, and six months of rehab, he's now 90 percent recovered from the dislocated ankle.

"Not being able to be out there and practice and things like that, that's one of the toughest things for me," Hurns said. "It meant a lot being out there with them. I think where I'm at mentally helped me a lot. I didn't let a lot of things bring me down.

"Each week is going to be a new obstacle. If you're feeling better, next week you have to progress to jumping, and then you're going to get sore with that. That's part of the process. Where I'm at mentally, that helped me a lot and that's where I am today. I'm back out there running routes. It just shows that having a good mindset will help you a lot."

Hurns will be a part of a crowded receivers group that includes Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb.