Jaguars RB Travis Etienne (chest) back on the field after leaving vs. Texans

• Travis Etienne temporarily left the game vs. the Texans

• He suffered a chest injury, he's now back in the fold

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Eric
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Eric / Corey Perrine / Florida Times-Union /

Running back Travis Etienne is an integral piece of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense. He suffered a chest injury against the Houston Texans in Week 12 and left the game temporarily. He's now back on the field. During his brief absence, the Jags leaned on the duo of D'Ernest Johnson and Tank Johnson.

Although Jacksonville has struggled to get the running game going in recent weeks, Etienne has found ways to generate yardage and make plays. He's also been huge in the passing game, hauling in 32 receptions for 282 yards with one touchdown. His 670 rushing yards before the start of the game were among the top 10 at the position.

D'Ernest Johnson, who signed a one-year deal with the Jags in free agency, has filled in nicely for Etienne. With Tank Bigsby struggling in recent weeks, Johnson has gotten a bigger workload. The prior two games, he toted the rock a total of 10 times for 32 yards. He also had a huge 34-yard reception against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11.

Bigsby, for his part, has had a rough time adjusting to the NFL. He was responsible for two turnovers in the opener. Against the San Francisco 49ers, he couldn't come down with a pass that was ultimately picked off. Last week, he was flagged for offsides on special teams, giving the Titans a fresh set of downs. But in spite of his struggles, the team's trust in him hasn't wavered.

The Jaguars are leading the Texans 13-7 in what's been a close Week 12 game

The Jaguars have had no trouble moving the ball today. However, their defense has stalled out once they get to Texans territory. Trevor Lawrence is 8-of-13 for 155 yards with one rushing touchdown and no interceptions. The defense has done an adequate job of containing C.J. Stroud but is having a hard time containing rookie sensation Tank Dell. They also gave up a big run to running back Devin Singletary.

On the bright side, Jacksonville has limited the Texans' offense to seven games. Moving foward, the offense needs to finish drives and score touchdowns in what's turned out to be a close game.

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