The New York Jets suffered a hit to their running back corps as Elijah McGuire fractured his foot during training camp.
Unfortunately for the New York Jets, one of their promising young players got hit with a severe injury at the start of training camp. As per the Media Relations Department of the Jets, running back Elijah McGuire fractured his foot when he was cutting and planted his foot awkwardly on a rushing play.
This injury will likely require surgery to correct as it’s expected McGuire will miss the next few months as he heals and rehabs himself back to resume football activities. The Jets will likely place McGuire on IR once it’s all officially confirmed by the team.
It’s a shame this happened to McGuire who was entering just his second year in the pros. Now, the focus shifts on the other running backs on the roster to see if there is any need to add another player to the positional group.
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With Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell likely to split duties in a rotation at running back, McGuire was mostly depth in the positional group. Veteran running back Thomas Rawls will now see increased reps coming his way with McGuire’s unfortunate injury so it remains to be seen if the Jets will make any rosters moves over the next few days.
Ideally, the Jets will likely go into the regular season with three running backs, maybe even four if they see another player worth keeping around. Doing their due diligence, the Jets have already had talks with Alfred Morris and even Orleans Darkwa to potentially find a training camp replacement for McGuire.
Hopefully, McGuire is okay and when he’s medically cleared to return, picks up where he left off from last year. Last season, he showed signs of brilliance with his speed and ability to make plays when his number was called. This is, unfortunately, a setback in his continued development but injuries are a part of the game as he will now shift his focus to getting fully healed up for his eventual return.