Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence dealing with ankle sprain, not practicing Wednesday

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hands off to running back Travis Etienne Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hands off to running back Travis Etienne Jr. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA

One of the biggest storylines in the aftermath of the Jacksonville Jaguars' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals has been Trevor Lawrence's ankle sprain. While he's planning on playing through the injury, head coach Doug Pederson told the local media that the quarterback isn't practicing Wednesday.

During his exchange with the media, Pederson says the Jaguars don't want Lawrence to "hurt himself further," and they want to make sure he's capable of playing before "we put them on the field, as this week goes."

Pederson says that the team is confident in C.J. Beathard getting the start against the Cleveland Browns if Lawrence isn't good to go. If Beathard does indeed start, this will be his first once since joining the Jags in 2021. A third-round selection in 2017 by the San Francisco 49ers, he played 19 games with 12 starts in the Bay Area.

Trevor Lawrence was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. A test revealed he had an ankle sprain. Doug Pederson told the media Monday that he didn't want to provide a timeline of Lawrence's potential recovery, noting that he didn't want to box the quarterback.

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Once Pederson was done, Lawrence also met with the media. He says he feels much better and praised the training staff for the job they've done.

"I feel a lot better, I feel better than I would have thought I'd feel," Lawrence told the media. "I'm very fortunate, I'm thankful that there wasn't a worse injury."

"I'm just thankful and I appreciate all the people the thoughts and prayers and thankfully, it wasn't anything serious. But that stuff means a lot and it worked. I'm feeling good, so I'm thankful for that. I didn't know obviously what it was, but I was concerned. I felt something down on my leg or my ankle and was definitely concerned about that and then obviously trying to get up," Lawrence said.

He also shut down talks about the team not having a medical cart available when he got hurt, saying that he felt he could walk on his own and he didn't feel like he didn't need one.

The first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Trevor Lawrence hasn't missed a game in his career. Based on Doug Pederson's comments, he's a long shot to suit up against the Cleveland Browns.

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