In a significant boost for the Jacksonville Jaguars, star running back Travis Etienne is set to make his presence felt on the gridiron in their upcoming Monday night showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. This marks the Jaguars' first Monday night appearance since 2011, adding an extra layer of excitement to the Week 13 clash.
Etienne, who had been a questionable participant due to rib injuries, is now confirmed to take the field, as per NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero's latest update. This development aligns with Jaguars' head coach Doug Pederson's optimistic outlook from Saturday, where he anticipated Etienne's participation in the game.
Throughout the week, Etienne's practice sessions were limited, a strategic move by the Jaguars to ensure their key player's recovery and readiness for the crucial game. His return is pivotal for the Jaguars, currently holding an impressive 8-3 record this season.
Etienne's Impressive Season
The former first-round pick has been a standout performer for the Jaguars this year, marking his best season as a professional. Etienne has amassed an impressive tally of 194 carries, resulting in 726 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
Despite a recent dip in form, failing to score a touchdown in the last four games, Etienne's overall impact remains undiminished. Etienne’s potential impact against the Bengals cannot be overstated. The Bengals’ defense, currently ranked 29th in the NFL, has been allowing an average of 139.6 rushing yards per game.
This statistic presents an opportune moment for Etienne to regain his touchdown-scoring form and contribute significantly to the Jaguars' offensive strategy. The Jaguars, with their solid record, are gearing up to face the Bengals, who are at a 5-6 standing, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, setting the stage for what could be a defining moment in the Jaguars' season. As the teams prepare to battle it out, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Etienne, whose performance could be the key to tipping the scales in the Jaguars' favor.