When Trevor Lawrence went down on Monday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars star looked like he wouldn’t see the field again soon. The 2021 #1 overall pick couldn’t put weight on his foot as he entered the locker room. Head coach Doug Pederson addressed the media on Tuesday concerning the quarterback’s health, and his words were a bit surprising. The high ankle sprain part wasn’t, but the fact that Jacksonville has not ruled out Trevor Lawrence for this week’s game was.That’s right, Trevor Lawrence is officially listed as questionable as of Tuesday afternoon. There’s still a chance that he suits up merely six days after going down with the ankle ailment. High ankle sprains typically take weeks to fully heal. If Lawrence can’t go, C.J. Beathard, the only other quarterback on the roster right now, will be back in action.
Stuck in a tight AFC South race, Jacksonville is praying that they can get back to full strength as soon as possible. Both the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans trail by just one game. The Jaguars may have a sparkling 4-1 divisional record (a key tiebreaker that is growing more important every week), but they’re hoping it won’t come down to that.
Trevor Lawrence Avoided Joining the Long List of Quarterbacks With Season-Ending Injuries This YearJust like earlier in the year with his knee, Trevor Lawrence was fortunate to dodge a catastrophic injury. The same can’t be said for many of his peers. 2023 has been tainted by several starting quarterbacks going down long-term, if not for the entire season.
In the NFC, Kyler Murray began the season on the IR, Justin Fields spent time there, and so has Tyrod Taylor. The only reason that Taylor was playing is because Daniel Jones, who is now out for the season, was injured (his neck kept him out at first, and his knee finished the season after), while Kirk Cousins is another NFC gunslinger done for the year. Flipping to the AFC, Joe Burrow, rookie Anthony Richardson, and Cleveland’s starting quarterback have all had their 2023 campaign ended early. Aaron Rodgers went down less than five minutes into his Jets debut in Week 1, although he may return.
When teams clinch playoff spots, they may want to consider wrapping their quarterback in bubble wrap. That certainly should apply to Trevor Lawrence if he gets the Jacksonville Jaguars back into the postseason.
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