Tight end Evan Engram hasn't missed a game since joining the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, but he would still like to get some of teammate Trevor Lawrence's healing powers.
Engram had an exchange with Mia O'Brian heading into Week 14. He praised Lawrence for being back in practice just a few days after suffering an ankle sprain, noting that it's great to see him on the field.
"I need some of his healing power. He's a tough guy, it was good to see him out there," Engram said. "The training staff is doing everything with him. He's doing everything he can to get back to as soon as possible."
Engram later says that he believes Lawrence's drive and passing have helped him in his recovery, " I feel like it's his intent too, like he wants to get back as soon as possible. Whatever he's believing, whatever he's doing, it's working. It's really cool to see, it's big from our leader, no matter what he's doing, everything he can to be on the field for us," Engram said.
Lawrence got hurt in the fourth quarter of the Monday Night Football 34-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The star quarterback tried to walk off the field but couldn't do it on his own, so he got help from the security staff. On his way out, he was offered the medical cart but felt he didn't need it, so he refused it.
Tests on Tuesdays confirmed he had an ankle sprain. That kind of injury takes from two to five weeks to heal, but head coach Doug Pederson refused to rule Lawrence out. Although he didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, he was back on the field Thursday and Friday. As of this writing, the former Clemson Tiger is set to be a game-time decision.
Here's a clip of Steezy Trev practicing Friday, via Demetrius Harvey of The Florida Times-Union.
Engram, for his part, is having low-key a pretty good year. His 76 receptions through 12 games already tied the career-best he set in Jacksonville last year. The former Ole Miss Rebel also has a good shot at posting a new personal best for receiving yards in a season. He had 766 in 2022 and his current tally stands at 606. Here's his full exchange with O'Brien.
Trevor Lawrence's thoughness should inspire the Jaguars to beat the Browns
Nobody would've blamed you if you expected the worst when Trevor Lawrence went down on Monday Night. On the bright side, the injury isn't as bad as it originally missed. While there's a chance he won't suit up against the Cleveland Browns, all signs point toward him playing.
But even if Lawrence weren't good to go, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a capable backup in C.J. Beathard. Still, the team should be thrilled to see the third-year quarterback lead the way. He could've tuned out for the week and refused to play until he was healthier. His determination to play Sunday should inspire their teammates to bounce back from the heartbreaking loss to Cincinnati.
With or without Lawrence, the Browns will present a tough test. But by pushing through the ankle sprain, Trevor Lawrence is sending a strong message. If he's doing everything within his power to be on the field Sunday, the rest of the team cannot stay behind.