Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Travis Etienne is done for the season.
The Jaguars announced on Tuesday that they have placed the first-round pick out of Clemson on injured reserve. His placement on the list prior to next week’s final roster cutdown to 53 players means that he won’t be allowed to return this season.
The Jaguars announced the news shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Etienne sustained a foot injury.
Etienne suffered the sprain Monday in the preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. The first-round draft pick (25th overall) out of Clemson was a bystander more than he was a participant in the Jaguars’ first two preseason games, rushing twice for 3 yards and catching one pass for 3 more yards.
Etienne played only 16 offensive snaps in two preseason games. He suffered the injury after playing only three snaps in Monday’s game.
The team appeared to be having trouble figuring out Etienne’s exact role prior to the injury. There was talk of him playing receiver at one point, but Etienne had mostly been working as a running back in training camp practices.
Head coach Urban Meyer said after the game that Etienne had a sprain but didn’t know the extent of the injury. Further tests revealed the Lisfranc injury, which traditionally is a tricky ailment to return quickly from.
The Jaguars have not generated much offense this preseason, averaging 2.6 yards per rush and 9.8 yards per reception. With a long rush to date of 10 yards and long catch of 37, the Jaguars could use Etienne’s speed.
Instead, he’ll spend his rookie season rehabbing. That’s good news for fans of James Robinson, whose starting job is not in jeopardy now. But it’s worrisome for an offense that could use a dose of explosiveness.
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