Jets RB Elijah McGuire fractures foot, expected to miss 3-6 weeks

ByRich Cimini ESPN logo
Sunday, July 29, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Second-year running back Elijah McGuire, expected to have a role in the New York Jets' offense, will undergo surgery on his broken foot this week and is expected to be out 3-6 weeks, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McGuire fractured his foot Friday during the team's first training camp practice.

The Jets moved quickly to set up a contingency plan, working out veteran free agents Alfred Morris and Orleans Darkwa on Saturday. They played most recently with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, respectively.

McGuire could be a candidate for short-term injured reserve.

Coach Todd Bowles said he's not sure if they will sign an immediate replacement.

The Jets' top two backs are Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell, but the team went into training camp expecting McGuire to be part of the backfield by committee. In minicamp, running backs coach Stump Mitchell compared McGuire to Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson.

"I'm sure it's tough for him going into his second year," Bowles said of McGuire. "Anytime somebody gets hurt, it's a tough break, but he's a hard worker and we expect him to be back as soon as he's ready."

Moving up the depth chart is former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 830 yards as a rookie in 2015. The Jets also have rookie Trenton Cannon, a sixth-round pick.

McGuire, a sixth-round pick from Louisiana Lafayette, finished his rookie year with 315 rushing yards and one touchdown. He signature moment was a 69-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars.