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Jaguars' Travis Etienne Jr. Placed on Season-Ending IR with Foot Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 03:Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Travis Etienne Jr. (1)  during training camp on August 3, 2021 at DreamFinders Homes Practice Complex in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury on Tuesday. 

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We have made the following roster moves: Waived OL Derwin Gray, CB Jameson Houston, and DT Kenny Randall. Placed RB Travis Etienne Jr. on injured reserve. https://t.co/wm8F8SBspx

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the rookie running back will undergo surgery to repair a mid-foot sprain. 

Having already selected Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick, the Jaguars reunited Etienne with his Clemson teammate when they took him 25th overall in the 2021 NFL draft.

The 5'10" running back had a prolific college career, running for 4,952 yards and 70 touchdowns while catching 102 passes for 1,155 yards and eight scores. He was also the ACC Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

Etienne encountered a setback Monday during a preseason game when he suffered a midfoot sprain in Jacksonville's 23-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Jaguars obviously had big plans for Etienne right out of the gate, because spending a first-rounder on a running back is no longer the norm. Not to mention, the team already has James Robinson, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2020, on the roster.

With Etienne out of action, Robinson figures to take on the role of a featured back.

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