Travis Etienne was prepped to have a big rookie campaign in the NFL. Unfortunately, the running back’s pro career is on hold following Monday night’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.
Mid-foot sprains like Etienne’s “can vary widely in terms of recovery time, and a big factor in course of treatment will be whether it is deemed stable or unstable,” ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said.
The Jaguars had high hopes for Etienne ahead of the 2021 regular season. Although he left college ball as the ACC’s leading rusher, first-year head coach Urban Meyer had his sights set on playing Etienne at wide receiver on top of his running back duties. Etienne even got work in at wideout during minicamp, linking up with former Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence when it came to honing his craft.
Following Monday’s preseason game, however, those big plans for the rookie running back are sadly on hold.
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