Quarterback Trevor Lawrence hurt his knee against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. His status for Thursday Night Football was in question on the days preceding the game but he ended up starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence didn't have any setbacks and ended up playing a huge role in the 31-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. Following the game, he told the local media he felt good and had no setbacks.
"It felt pretty good, I was happy with it," Lawrence said. "It didn't bother me too much. Definitely, didn't set it back, so I'm really happy. That was the goal, play, find a way to win the game, and not set it back. We know have 10 days now to recover and get ready for Pittsburgh, so I mean, it went perfectly, honestly:"
Lawrence went on to say, he wasn't sure whether he was going to play given that it was a short week.
"The were some questions just because it was a short week. On a short week, it's tough to decide how much you test it and push it because you only have so much time. You don't wanna make it sore for the game, so that was kind of what we were debating, how hard do we push it? Tuesday, Wednesday, Monday, I wouldn't do anything, didn't feel good at all on Monday. Our medical staff did an amazing job of getting me to where I could play and I felt much better than I thought I would on Monday," Lawrence said.
Lawrence continued, "So credit goes to them, moving out there today, had some discomfort. Of course, you're going to but felt confident enough to go out there and play. I felt like I could somewhat be myself, and go and play. I was able to, so I'm thankful for those guys for taking care of me."
In the end, Lawrence completed 69 percent of his passes for 204 yards with one touchdown. He also added 59 rushing yards on eight runs, including one for 26 yards. Having great protection throughout the game certainly helped Lawrence. The offensive line didn't give up a single sack and they allowed just four total pressures.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence now has a long weekend to rest
Backup C.J. Beathard got all the first-team reps before the game and the Jacksonville Jaguars signed third-string quarterback Nathan Rourke to the active roster as insurance. But as the week progressed, signs pointed toward Lawrence's playing. And just hours before the matchup, head coach Doug Pederson Lawrence was indeed starting behind center.
While there's a chance the Jags would've beaten the Saints without Lawrence, having him certainly made a difference. His ability to move the chains with his feet was huge, and so were his well-placed passes early in the game. Although the offense cooled down in the second half, he ultimately led the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Lawrence's knee and his potential availability were two of the biggest plotlines surrounding Thursday Night Football. He turned out to be fine and he'll now get to rest before the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.