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Is Travis Etienne hurt?

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Travis Etienne will miss the entire 2021 NFL season after being placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Etienne will undergo surgery for a Lisfranc injury, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. ESPNJacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne out for 2021 NFL season with Lisfranc injury

Is Travis Etienne out for the season?

The rookie season of first-round pick Travis Etienne is officially over. The Jacksonville Jaguars placed the rookie running back on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his 2021 season. ... By going on injured reserve now, Etienne is not eligible to be designated for return during the 2021 season. Jaguars WireJaguars place RB Travis Etienne on injured reserve, ending rookie season

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Orioles rock Shohei Ohtani, snap 19-game losing streak just short of dubious history

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Camden Yards was the scene of one of those moments on Wednesday.

The Baltimore Orioles are the worst team in baseball. They entered the day riding a 19-game losing streak, two short of the longest such streak in AL history. They were taking on the Los Angeles Angels and pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani, who's remarkable season is being called by some the best in baseball history

So go ahead and ink in loss No. 20 in a row, right?

Orioles hitters knocked Ohtani out after five innings and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 10-6 win, putting an end to their run to baseball ignominy while snapping a four-game winning streak by Ohtani.

Things got off to a bad start for Ohtani, who entered the game 5-0 on the mound with a 1.58 ERA in his previous six starts. Outfielder Cedric Mullins sent Ohtani's first pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. 

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER WITH A FIRST-PITCH SHOW! pic.twitter.com/7qZs1WX9eI

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021

Two batters later, outfielder Anthony Santander got ahold of another Ohtani pitch, sending it into the right-field bleachers to extend Baltimore's lead to 2-0.

Tony Taters has the best OPS in the American League in the month of August. pic.twitter.com/SQEuAMYBTe

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021

By the time Ohtani's night on the mound was done, he'd given up three home runs and four earned runs through five innings. He didn't fare much better at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But he was still in line for the win after five with the Angels holding a 6-4 lead. 

A monster eighth inning by Baltimore ensured that he wouldn't pick up a cheap win. The Orioles loaded the bases with their first three batters against reliever Jake Petricka. After Angels relievers walked in two runs to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead, outfielder Austin Hays entered the game as a pinch hitter. And he did this.

Shaking and crying a little. pic.twitter.com/bf1HQX8Z4v

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 26, 2021

That's a two-run double off of reliever James Hoyt that extended Baltimore's lead to 9-7 and gave the scattered Camden Yard faithful hope they might actually get a return on their investment of time and ticket money. An insurance run before the end of the eighth and a 1-2-3 inning by Baltimore reliever Tyler Wells in the top of the ninth ensured that they would. 

Reasons to celebrate Orioles baseball are few and far between. Here's hoping Baltimore's soaking this one in.

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Teams bet big on young quarterbacks in this year’s draft. And the NFL has shown a willingness to test young talent early in recent seasons Trevor Lawrence has looked shaky in preseason but has been hindered by a second-string offensive line. Photograph: Stephen B Morton/AP It’s an unusual year for rookie quarterbacks. Ordinarily, when a first-round quarterback steps into an organization, they do so in the midst of some sort of rebuild. The rookie is drafted to kick off a new cycle. And that’s th

Jaguars Claim OL Badara Traore Off of Waivers

New Orleans Saints 25 August, 2021 - 03:52pm

Traore signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 draft and spent last season on the Bears’ practice squad. He spent time at left tackle for the Bears this preseason before being waived.

Traore began his collegiate career at ASA College where he earned First Team All-Offense honors from the Northeast Football Conference. In 2018, he transferred to LSU, where he played in 26 games and started five times. 

To make room for Traore on the active roster, which was reduced to 80 players on Tuesday, the Jaguars waived offensive tackle Garrett McGhin.

McGhin played 33 snaps for the Jaguars in Monday night's preseason loss against the New Orleans Saints, all at left tackle. As such, it is likely safe to assume the Jaguars will give Traore a look at the left tackle position as a reserve, making him a candidate for the practice squad after the roster is reduced to 53 players next week.

Jacksonville's offensive line has become a point of frequent discussion since the preseason, with No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence frequently falling under pressure in each of his two starts this preseason. Lawrence was named the Jaguars' starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular-season on Wednesday, making his protection the top priority for the Jaguars moving forward. 

A big part of that protection will rely on the Jaguars' starting offensive linemen recovering from injuries in time for Week 1. Jacksonville missed three of their starters against the Saints, with left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell and center Brandon Linder all missing the game with injuries.

"To answer your question, three starters that are really our three big dogs as far as salary, as far as expectation," Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday. 

"Our center [Brandon Linder] is a really good player. [Andrew] Norwell is expected to come back. He’ll for sure be back for Game 1. I don’t think we’ll play him this week. Cam [Robinson] was out. I think he’ll be ready for this week. I think I’ll know more tomorrow.”

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