Jaguars Receiver Goes Down With Concerning Injury at Practice
The injury woes for the Jacksonville Jaguars continued on Thursday as newly-signed wide receiver Tavon Austin went down with a knee injury. Multiple reporters in attendance indicated that the injury occurred following a 20-yard catch that Austin made, leading to trainers coming to check him out.
While the news is concerning, the silver lining surrounding the situation is that Austin was able to stand with his own strength to talk to Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer on the sideline. Nevertheless, it's a situation worth monitoring.
Tavon Austin Injury News
Austin has been known throughout his career as somewhat of a Swiss army knife. While he's not amazing at one thing, he's solid when it comes to both the passing and running games, in addition to him having experience returning kicks and punts as well. However, Austin hasn't had an everyday role for an NFL team in about four years and his latest injury may extend that even longer.
There was also a good chance that Austin could've seen an increased role following rookie running back Travis Etienne's season coming to a premature end. While Etienne's touches will likely be split between James Robinson and Carlos Hyde, it would've been interesting to see what Austin could bring as a pseudo-third-string RB. After all, the 31-year-old multi-threat player has recorded 196 career rushes for 1,340 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Again, the good news is that Austin could stand on his own after his injury. Nevertheless, with the final 53-man roster cuts coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 31, it'll be interesting to see whether or not Jacksonville sees value in keeping the veteran around.
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