Travis Etienne

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #1
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #1
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Travis Etienne News

Says he's 85-90 percent healthy

Etienne (foot) told reporters Tuesday that he's 85-90 percent recovered from his Lisfranc injury, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.

Analysis: Etienne also said he wouldn't notice the screw in his foot if he didn't already know it was there, per Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. Two weeks prior, new Jaguars coach Doug Pederson told reporters he expects the young running back to participate in offseason workouts, whereas third-year pro James Robinson (torn Achilles) won't participate in OTAs. The extent of Etienne's participation this spring remains to be seen, but the timing of the injuries does mean he's at less risk than Robinson of missing the beginning of the 2022 season. Both figure to have roles when healthy, with Etienne being a 2021 first-round pick and Robinson sitting on 2,403 total yards and 18 touchdowns through two NFL seasons (28 games).

Apr 12, 2022 1:17 PM EST

Should return for OTAs

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said Monday that he expects Etienne (foot) to take part in workouts early in the team's offseason program, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Etienne had his entire rookie season wiped out after the 2021 first-round pick suffered a Lisfranc injury in the preseason that later required surgery. Heading into last season, Etienne was expected to work in tandem out of the backfield with James Robinson and handle a key role in the passing game, but the Clemson product may head into the offseason as the Jaguars' clear No. 1 back while Robinson works his way back from the torn Achilles' tendon he suffered in late December. Pederson has already ruled Robinson out through OTAs and minicamp, potentially giving Etienne a chance to log most of the first-team work if he's ready to go early in the offseason program, as the coach predicts. Beyond Etienne and Robinson, the Jaguars have little in the way of proven depth in the backfield, as the other three running backs on the roster (Ryquell Armstead, Mekhi Sargent and Nathan Cottrell) have combined for 56 career carries.

Mar 28, 2022 6:00 AM EST

On track for training camp

Etienne (foot) said Monday his rehab is progressing well and he expects to "be ready for training camp," John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Etienne, who missed his entire rookie campaign due to a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, has already resumed running in a pool in his rehab process, per Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville. His next big hurdle will be to return to full speed in running drills and get back to strength training. With James Robinson having suffered a torn left Achilles in mid-December, both Jacksonville's top backfield options are currently focused on returning to health for the 2022 campaign.

Jan 10, 2022 7:31 AM EST

Shifts back to injured reserve

Etienne (foot) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and reverted to injured reserve.

Analysis: Etienne was transferred to the COVID list last week but is now back on injured reserve after clearing the health and safety protocols. The rookie first-round pick never saw the field the season after undergoing foot surgery in August. Dare Ogunbowale is set to finish the campaign as Jacksonville's top running back with James Robinson also lost to a torn Achilles.

Dec 31, 2021 6:55 AM EST

Shifts to COVID list

The Jaguars placed Etienne (foot) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Etienne is already out for the season after having been placed on IR back in August, so his move to the COVID list is largely procedural. The rookie first-round pick is working to recover by the start of the offseason program and rejoin a backfield that James Robinson has led throughout 2021, though he will have a new surrounding context with Urban Meyer no longer positioned as the Jaguars' head coach.

Dec 22, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Looking at four-month timeline

Etienne (foot) will have surgery Thursday and is facing a four-month recovery timeline thereafter, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Etienne is ineligible for 2021 after being placed on injured reserve during the preseason, but it sounds like he'll at least be healthy before the start of the offseason program next spring. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform surgery Thursday on the rookie's Lisfranc injury, while James Robinson is set to lead the Jacksonville backfield Week 1 against the Texans.

Sep 2, 2021 6:20 AM EST

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