One of the main storylines surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14 will be whether Trevor Lawrence will play after suffering an injury against the Detroit Lions. Head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media Wednesday and provided an update on Lawrence’s status.
Pederson says it’s a toe sprain and added that Lawrence will be day-to-day, “day-to-day, getting treatment every day and just progressing in the right direction”. The head coach goes on to say that they don’t know yet if Lawrence will be able to suit up.
“When it’s your quarterback, any player, there’s a level of concern,” Pederson said. ” But we still got several days before the game but he’s tough and he’ll do everything he can I know in his power to try to be out there but we just take it day by day”.
But if Lawrence isn’t cleared for Sunday, the Jaguars will need to lean on backup C.J. Beathard, who filled in for Lawrence when he had to exit the game for a few snaps. And if that ends up being the case, Pederson feels confident.
“My confidence level in him is high and what he’s shown, he’s a veteran guy. He’s been in these situations before in his career, so it’s not unfamiliar territory to him. He’s well-versed in the offense and a lot of confidence in”, Pederson said.
Later in the exchange with the media, Pederson said that Lawrence could play even if he doesn’t practice but wants to make sure “he feels comfortable and physically ready to go”. Here’s Pederson’s presser:
Trevor Lawrence could end up being a game-time decision for the Jaguars
The Jaguars are doing everything they can to ensure he’ll suit up Sunday but they won’t rush him if he’s not healthy enough to play. And that’s the reasonable thing to do. Lawrence has made strides this season, especially over the last four weeks but it doesn’t make sense to expose him to further injury risk just to have a shot at winning a few more games this season.
Keep in mind that the Jaguars are 4-8 with a 3.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, so they might be better off resting Lawrence if he isn’t ready to go.
Beathard has attempted a total of five passes over the last two years and he won’t light up the scoreboard any time soon but he should be able to keep the offense afloat for a couple of games. Also, it’s not a given that Lawrence will miss Sunday’s game. For the moment, the team’s brass is taking a cautionary approach.
“We keep him out today even though tempo-wise, it’s more of a walkthrough. He’ll get all the mental reps today but nothing from the standpoint of moving around”, Pederson.
Pederson will keep providing updates as the week progresses. For the time being, it looks like Lawrence is 50/50 to play against the Titans.