The Jaguars’ attempt to turn things around was marred by bad luck on Monday night.
According to a source familiar with the matter, rookie running back Travis Etienne’s Lisfranc injury has been classified as a major tear that will require surgery and will end his rookie season before it even begins.
According to Rapoport, Etienne’s original recovery timeframe was a minimum of 12 weeks, but Jacksonville formally placed Etienne on injured reserve on Tuesday, meaning Etienne will not be able to play in the NFL until 2022.
Rapoport adds that Etienne will have surgery on his foot as soon as possible.
The Jaguars hoped Etienne’s injury was merely a sprain when initial X-rays came back negative, but further examination revealed the seriousness of Etienne’s condition. Etienne suffered the injury in a preseason loss to the Saints on Monday night, exiting after only three downs and spending the remainder of the game on the sideline walking with a noticeable limp.
Etienne will spend the next few months resting and mending his injured foot, rather than continuing to build up toward a big role in Jacksonville’s new-look attack. With Etienne’s rookie season finished, the Jaguars will rely on James Robinson and Carlos Hyde for the majority of their running back duties, with receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. filling in for Etienne’s pass-catching reps.
In the meantime, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence will go into his first season without his former Clemson buddy by his side.