The Jacksonville Jaguars braced themselves for the worst when Trevor Lawrence went down with an injury late in the Monday Night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It turns out that Lawrence has an ankle sprain is currently day-to-day. While there's a chance he'll miss time, the injury won't cut his season short. Here's everything we know about the star quarterback's status heading into Week 14.
In the fourth quarter of the loss to the Bengals, Lawrence had his ankle stepped on when he bumped into left tackle Walker Little. He tried to walk after getting hurt but he couldn't. Security helped him get off the field. At the time, questions surfaced about why there wasn't a medical cart to take him to the locker room. It was later revealed that one wasn't needed.
Lawrence got an MRI test done while the game was still on and he was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. Head coach Doug Pederson later told the media he would get tested further Tuesday.
Pederson met with the local media Tuesday but refused to provide a timeline in the quarterback's recovery timeline, limiting himself to saying that he was day-to-day, and that surgery wasn't an option at this moment. Lawrence made sure to thank everyone who had reached out to him and showed support.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported later the same day that Lawrence was "going to rehab around the clock this week", with the intention of potentially playing through the ankle sprain. This means the injury wasn't as bad as it looked, a sentiment Pederson echoed in his exchange with the media.
Trevor Lawrence could miss time, the Jaguars may roll with C.J. Beathard
As of this writing, Lawrence hasn't been ruled out for the Jaguars' bout against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. Given that he's dealing with an ankle sprain, he could potentially sit out two to four games. That said, no injury is the same, and he could miss more time or no time at all.
Lawrence is expected to meet with the local media at 2:20 p.m. ET. He will probably share more info regarding his health and his status for Week 14. He's a competitor, so he'll push to play and will do anything within his power not to miss the bout. The former Clemson Tiger hasn't missed a game in his career but suffered a knee injury earlier this season, back in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.
The following week, Lawrence wore a brace on his knee, and managed to play through the injury. However, he wasn't 100 percent, and that played a role in how the coaching staff approached a handful of games while he was still recovering. If he were to play through the ankle sprain, his mobility would likely be compromised. On the other hand, C.J. Beathard will fill in for him if he isn't good to go for as long as he's needed.
Beathard has been the Jags' primary backup at quarterback the past three seasons. A third-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2021, he's completed 21 of 27 passes for 145 yards since landing in Jacksonville in 2021. He went 9-of-10 for 64 yards when he replaced Lawrence on Monday Night. 1
With or without Lawrence, the Jacksonville Jaguars must take care of the business. They're 8-4 with five games to go in the season. With the Houston Texans, and the Indianapolis Colts lurking behind, they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal. This is a fluid situation, so stay tuned and check the Black and Teal for more updates.
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