Travis Etienne Injury Update; Jaguars RB Potentially Ruled Out of 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/24/2021, 4:34 PM EDT
May 15, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs a play Travis Etienne Jr. during rookie mini camp at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars are gearing up for a tough season in the coming months. The AFC South franchise are preparing for life under their new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Shahid Khan-owned franchise is working hard in the build-up to the 2021 NFL season.

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Two of the top rookies to arrive in Florida this summer were Lawrence and college football teammate, Travis Etienne Jr. Both these youngsters were brought in by the Jaguars as part of the 2021 NFL Draft. Etienne was selected as the 25th overall pick at the end of round 1. Coach Meyer announced that Etienne would spend the Jaguars minicamp as a wide receiver and not in his true position at running back

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Prior to the start of preseason, Etienne signed his four-year rookie contract with the Jaguars, worth a reported $12.9 million. However, tragedy has struck the newbie at the very infancy of his NFL career.

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Jacksonville Jaguars suffer a major setback with Travis Etienne injury

NFL insider Ian Rapoport was one of the first to reveal that the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie sustained an intensive injury. The former Clemson player took a blow to his foot in the recent game against New Orleans Saints. Travis Etienne had to exit after just three downs on the weekend. He spent the rest of the game on the sidelines, walking around with a limp.

Initial x-rays came back negative. But further scans revealed a more serious issue with the rook’s foot. His Lisfranc injury is being reported as a  significant tear that will require surgery. This more or less ends his rookie season before it even started. He featured in both the running and receiving plays for the Jags during preseason.

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The promising youngster arrived down south as one of the hottest rookie prospects from the class of 2021. Big things were expected from him and fellow Clemson graduate, Trevor Lawrence.

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However, Jacksonville fans must now wait for at least another year to see Etienne in action. Maybe he can defy the odds and return faster just like Dak Prescott and Joe Burrow? Time will tell.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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