The Jacksonville Jaguars experienced several injuries on the 34-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals but none was arguably bigger than the one Trevor Lawrence suffered in the fourth quarter. The early diagnosis was ankle sprain but head coach Doug Pederson told the media after the game that he would get more tests done Tuesday. Pederson shared an update on Lawrence and Christian Kirk.
Pederson tells the media Trevor Lawrence suffered a right ankle sprain, the team will see where he's at in a couple games, adding that hasn't had discussions about potentially adding another quarterback. Later in the exchange, Pederson said the team hasn't discussed a potential surgery, and it doesn't look like an option right now.
"I haven't had discussions with the docs about that. I don't think it's a necessary means at this point, because where it is in the ankle, it's not something where surgery would be warranted at this time," Pederson said.
The head coach didn't offer a specific timeline for his potential recovery, "I'm not going to put that timeline on Trevor, not going to put him in a box like that but will see how he is in a couple days." He also said that Christian Kirk has a core muscle injury, and won't suit up Sunday. Similarly, cornerback Tre Herndon is in concussion protocol.
Late in the fourth quarter, Lawrence collided with left tackle Walker Little and fell. He tried to walk on his own could couldn't put any weight on his feet, so he had to be carried off the field. Lawrence was in a walking boot and using crutches in the locker room but backup quarterback C.J. Beathard described Steezy Trev as a good spirit. Here's Pederson's full exchange with the media.
With Trevor Lawrence potentially out, it's C.J. Beathard's time for the Jaguars
With Lawrence likely unable to go the next few weeks, C.J. Beathard is in at quarterback. This will be the first time he starts since 2020. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and played 19 games with 12 starts in the Bay Area. He posted a 58.6 completion rate for 3,469 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The former Iowa Hawkey joined the Jaguars in 2021. His contract expired this past offseason, but got a new two-year deal. During his sting in Jacksonville, he's appeared in 53 total snaps and completed 12 of 17 passes for 82 yards.
Back in the Bay Area, Beathard appeared in 19 games with 12 starts, completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 3,469 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. For the Jaguars, he had played a total of 53 total snaps and completed 21 of 27 passes for 145 yards, including Monday Night Football's bout.
Working in Beathard's favor is that he'll have a wide array of weapons at his disposal. Although wide receiver could miss time with the groin injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals, Zay Jones, Calvin Ridley, and rookie Parker Washington remain in the mix. Also, tight end Evan Engram had a great game on Monday Night Football, hauling in nine receptions for 82 yards with one touchdown. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by Lawrence's injury and the overtime loss.
Losing Trevor Lawrence to injury hurts, but the Jacksonville Jaguars need to make the proper adjustments and overcome his injury. The season isn't over yet and still have lots to play for. Now more than ever, they cannot afford to turn it down a notch, with the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts lurking right behind them.