New York Jets young running back Elijah McGuire will require surgery after fracturing his foot during practice on Friday.
A day after the young pride and joy of the franchise, Sam Darnold, was officially slapped with the holdout tag, another youngster has bitten the NFL training camp dust.
#Jets RB Elijah McGuire, who figured to have a key role in the backfield, has suffered a fracture in his foot, source said. He’s going to require surgery and will miss an extended period. Depending on how long, he could be a candidate to return off Injured Reserve.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2018
Of course, this means McGuire will miss an extended period of time, most likely at least the first month (if not two) of the regular season.
McGuire, 24, was entering his second season with the Jets and was expected to compete with both Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell for touches at the halfback spot on the depth chart.
A year ago, the Louisiana product collected 315 yards and a score on 88 carries (3.6 yards per carry). There were pockets of much-warranted hype surrounding the kid coming into 2018.
For now, Powell and McGuire will be welcomed by veteran Thomas Rawls and rookie Trenton Cannon in as the top players vying for touches out of the backfield.