Trevor Lawrence suffers ankle sprain vs. Bengals, set to undergo MRI test Tuesday

• The Jaguars lost Trevor Lawrence to injury on MNF

• The early diagnose is an ankle sprain

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops back to throw in the first half of a
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops back to throw in the first half of a / Cara Owsley/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 34-31 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. To make matters worse, Trevor Lawrence left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle sprain. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that he'll have an MRI Tuesday to find out the severity of the injury.

Doug Pederson met with the local media after the loss. He said he doesn't have any updates on the injury but says he's confident on backup C.J. Beathard, "Don't have any information yet on Trevor. We're still evaluating him. We'll have more tests and things done here tomorrow, so I'll probably have a better update for tomorrow on that."

"We had position players go down, that's part of the game. It happens, and it's unfortunate. Next guy up, hast to be ready to go and play. I thought the guys that filled in were ready to go," Pederson said.

Without Trevor Lawrence in the mix, C.J. Beathard is the next man up. Against the Bengals, the former Iowa Hawkeye went 9-of-10 for 83 yards. Pederson says the team has full confidence in him.

"We'll see where Trevor's at first, but listen, we got 100 percent confidence in C.J. He did a nice job, getting us down the field there, and tying the football game. Should've been the game-winning field goal but it wasn't. But get a lot of confidence in C.J. He's a veteran player, he's played a lot of football, and if he happens to be the guy then, we get behind him and support him," Pederson said.

Lawrence was coming off an encouraging two-game stretch coming onto Monday Night Football. Against the Bengals, he had yet another good game, albeit with a few passes he would sure like back, including one where wide receiver Zay Jones was wide open but overthrew the ball. Before leaving the game, he went 22-of-29 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

What makes his performance even more impressive is that he was consistently pressured. Although the offensive line only gave up two sacks, Lawrence had to often move around the pocket to get a bit of time to find his receivers.

During his exchange with the local media, Pederson said that they won't have to change up much with Beathard at quarterback, "I don't think we have to change up a whole lot. You just have to utilize C.J.'s strengths. I don't want C.J. to be Trevor either. C.J. has got to be C.J. If C.J. plays next week, then that's the game plan, right? You utilize his strengths and tailor the offense around that," Pederson said.

The loss to the Bengals was a costly one for the Jaguars:

Trevor Lawrence was using crutches and was wearing a walking boot after the game, per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Media. He "can stand on his ankle but clearly not trying to put a lot of pressure to walk on it."

Lawrence aside, other Jaguars players also left the game with injuries. Wide receiver Christian Kirk was the first one, hurting his groin while hauling in a 26-yard pass on Jacksonville's first offensive drive. He didn't return, just like Tre Herndon, who suffered a concussion.

Safety Andre Cisco also suffered a shoulder injury but eventually returned and managed to finish the game.

Defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi followed next. The veteran suffered an ankle injury late in the game and didn't return.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will eventually provide updates on the players who left with injuries in the loss but it's fair to say that the outlook ahead of Week 14 isn't a pleasant one. Stay tuned for more updates.

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