Quarterback Trevor Lawrence hurt his knee in Week 6. He's currently day-to-day and may not suit up for Thursday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints. Lawrence isn't the only player whose availability is in question though. The Jacksonville Jaguars could potentially be without cornerback Tyson Campbell and right guard Brandon Scherff.
Head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media Monday and shared injury updates on Lawrence Campbell, and Scherff. Pederson described the third-year quarterback and Scherff as day-to-day. He also said there's a strong chance Campbell won't suit up.
"With the hamstring in a short week, chances are he's out for the game," Pederson said in regards to Campbell. "We'll keep monitoring that but what hamstrings can be finicky, so we'll see but right now is trending that way. Trevor and Brandon are both day-to-day. Both are feeling better today. They're sore but they're day-to-day and Walker. Zay [Jones] and Walker [Little]. are doing better."
Campbell and Scherff, like Lawrence, left the Colts game. Zay Jones (knee) and Walker Little (MCL) didn't suit up in Week 6 and their status for Thursday Night Football is in doubt.
Lawrence completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the win over Indianapolis. If he isn't good to go Thursday, C.J. Beathard will start behind center. Pederson entertained this scenario in his exchange with the media.
"If Trevor's sore, we've done this before we did last year, where C.J. took Wednesday's reps and then Trevor took the rest of the week, and ready to play the game. So it's possible that happens," Pederson said.
On the other hand, Pederson didn't sound overly concerned about Scherff potentially missing the game. If the Pro Bowl guard isn't ready to go, either Ben Bartch, who made three starts at left guard, or Cole Van Lanen could hear their number called.
"It's a challenge but guys have done a nice job filling in. Blake [Hance] did good yesterday and Tyler [Shatley]has been filling in nicely. It's not perfect but nothing is. But the thing is guys are battling their tails off and they're well-coached and well-prepared, so we just put the next guy in and play," Pederson said.
The Jaguars have options in case Trevor Lawrence isn't ready vs. the Saints
Not having Trevor Lawrence against the New Orleans Saints isn't ideal but Beathard can keep the team afloat for a couple weeks in case he needs to start. After all, the Jaguars have a wide array of weapons and no shortage of options in the passing game. Christian Kirk has been his reliable self this season, hauling in 33 receptions for 384 yards with two touchdowns. Tight end Evan Engram is leading the team with 36 catches and wide receiver Calvin Ridley gives whoever lines up behind center a bonafide No. 1 receiver.
On top of that, the running game is clicking and Travis Etienne, who's scored four touchdowns the last two weeks, could take lots of pressure off Beathard. Add a defense that can bring the heat and create turnovers at a high rate, and Jacksonville will have a fighting chance against New Orleans even if Lawrence doesn't suit up.
While the Jacksonville Jaguars would love to have Trevor Lawrence and cornerback Tyson Campbell in the lineup for Thursday Night Football, they have enough talent in place to overcome their potential absence.