This has been a rough year for Trevor Lawrence, who's had to deal with a wide array of injuries. Just recently, he sustained a shoulder sprain, and he's unsure if he'll suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17. In previous instances this season, his availability was in question but would end up playing. This time though, he should consider sitting out.
Lawrence met with the local media Wednesday. Besides clarifying his remarks about the Jaguars playing like a team that doesn't practice, he talked about his shoulder injury, which was diagnosed as a sprain, "It's feeling decent, a little bit better today. Last couple days, it has been progressing pretty good. Still sore, but that's feeling a little bit better," Lawrence said.
Later in the exchange, he told the media he wouldn't be getting much work in practice and was unsure if he would be available Sunday.
"Things can change but as of right now, don't plan on doing much today. We'll see tomorrow, take it day by day but not gonna throw any today. From there, like I said, you never know how things are going to heal up and how quickly you're going to recover. But right now, it's still pretty sore and still working through the beginning stages of getting back, so we'll see how it goes. But that's the plan right now," Lawrence said.
Lawrence jokingly said that being young is the reason he may be able to heal so fast. Later, he told the media corps that he would like to play but isn't sure if he will.
"I honestly can't answer that question right now. Of course, I would. I'll do anything I can to be out there and play. This is a little unique because it's throwing shoulder which can make things a little more challenging as a quarterback hard to, to work around that, other body parts and things that are bothering you," Lawrence said.
Lawrence continued, "I feel like you can work around a little bit but that makes it a little tough, so we'll just have to see how it feels each day. So I can't really answer that now. But, of course, I'm doing everything I can to be able to play but I don't know what that looks like quite yet. You're on Wednesday and it's still early."
So far, Lawrence hasn't missed a game this season. He hurt his knee in Week 6 but ended up playing the following week. The same happened when he sprained his ankle in Week 13. More recently, he suffered a concussion in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens but managed to get cleared for Week 16.
The Jaguars need to take a cautionary approach with Trevor Lawrence
All things considered, Lawrence is lucky he hasn't suffered a serious injury in 2023. Of course, there's nothing pleasant about spraining a shoulder or an ankle but that's better when compared to an ACL tear or a broken foot. Having said that, he shouldn't keep pushing his luck and consider resting.
Lawrence hasn't played particularly well during the Jaguars' four-game losing streak, completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 990 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions, along with three lost fumbles.
The fact that the offensive line has struggled to protect him has led to Lawrence not playing well and getting injured. Things won't change anytime soon, so it would be in his best interest to rest, and get a bit healthier if he wants to return for a potential playoff run.
It's great to see Trevor Lawrence's competitive drive. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars are 8-7 and with a chance of missing the playoffs, he keeps fighting. However, he needs to consider taking a break if he wants to give the team a chance to win.