The Jacksonville Jaguars should feel great about their 37-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. On the other hand, they may not be able to fully enjoy the victory over their division knowing Trevor Lawrence hurt his knee toward the end of the game and didn't return.
Even though the Jags seemed in control of the game, they still kept Lawrence on the field. This turned out to be a costly decision (with the benefit of hindsight) because he got hurt and had to leave. Following the game, head coach Doug Pederson said he had no updates on the injury but Lawrence met with the local media and said he felt fine. He also added that he would get the knee checked either Sunday night or Monday.
"I'm feeling ok, will get it checked out tonight and see what's going on," Lawrence told the media. "I feel pretty good. I'm walking around alright, so can't really say much now I don't really want to make sure everything's checked out."
Lawrence then said that during the play in which he got hurt, he felt discomfort on his knee, "I went down, I didn't know if it was twisted or landed on or what. So I kind of felt it right away and then put a little pressure on I realize I can get up so I was just trying to get up and get off and be off the field."
Lawrence had a relatively solid game, going 20-of-30 for 181 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The pick came late in the game and it was the result of miscommunication between the third-year quarterback and wide receiver Christian Kirk, according to Pederson.
The Jaguars need Trevor Lawrence to be ready for Week 7 vs. the New Orleans Saints
The Jaguars won't have much time to celebrate their win over the Colts, as they'll next face the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. As of this writing, it's hard to tell whether Trevor Lawrence will suit up for the primetime bout.
If Lawrence isn't good to go against the Saints, C.J. Beathard will then get the starting nod. However, there will be a steep dropoff behind center. Compounding the issue is that cornerback Tyson Campbell and right guard Brandon Scherff also suffered injuries in Week 6 and their availability for primetime is in question.
The good news is that Lawrence had no trouble walking after the game. Then again, there's a huge difference between being able to move without issue and playing at a high level. Also, the New Orleans Saints have been inconsistent this season, so Jacksonville may not be at full strength to beat them in Week 7. In fact, the Jaguars may be better off keeping Lawrence off the field if he isn't a full go.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now 4-2 and in control of the AFC South. However, they can't afford to be without Trevor Lawrence for an extended period of time if they want to remain at the top of the division and make a playoff push in 2023.