Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks up at a teammate after getting tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) late in the second quarter. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida for Monday Night Football, December 4, 2023. The Jaguars were tied 14 to 14 at the end of the first half. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Trevor Lawrence injury Update – Jaguars QB rolls ankle, exits ‘MNF’ game vs. Bengals
In the unfolding drama of “Monday Night Football,” Trevor Lawrence, the prominent quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, found himself sidelined due to an unfortunate injury. The former Clemson QB’s right ankle took a hit, courtesy of Walker Little, during a crucial play in the fourth quarter against the Bengals.
The critical moment transpired as the Jaguars confronted a third down near Cincinnati’s red zone. Walker Little inadvertently stepped on Lawrence’s right ankle, causing him to twist his leg awkwardly as he descended to the ground. Lawrence, in visible discomfort, lingered on the field at EverBank Stadium before attempting to rise.
Expressing his frustration, Lawrence tossed his helmet aside as the team’s trainers hastened to attend to him. Subsequent camera footage captured the quarterback being assisted off the field and guided into the tunnel. In Lawrence’s stead, Jaguars backup QB C.J. Beathard assumed the helm, stepping into the game as Lawrence’s replacement.
Reports, including updates from Jaguars senior writer John Oehser, classified Lawrence as “questionable” for a return to the “MNF” game, citing an ankle injury. Ultimately, Lawrence did not make a comeback, and the Jaguars faced a 34-31 overtime defeat against Cincinnati.
Trevor Lawrence’s Injury Update
The pivotal injury occurred approximately 6 minutes before the game’s conclusion when Walker Little’s misstep impacted Lawrence’s right ankle. Adding to the unfortunate sequence, defender Trey Hendrickson, who pushed Little into Lawrence, executed a tackle that further contorted the quarterback’s leg.
In the immediate aftermath, Lawrence remained seated on the turf, receiving assistance from Hendrickson and Jaguars receiver Zay Jones. Struggling to leave the field independently, he succumbed to pain, slamming his hand on the ground.
Subsequent footage captured Lawrence being escorted off the field, en route to the locker room for an X-ray.
Update: Initial reports from NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero indicate Lawrence’s diagnosis as an ankle sprain.
Doug Pederson’s Remarks on Trevor Lawrence
Post-game, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson conveyed a lack of detailed updates on Lawrence’s condition, stating that further testing and an MRI were necessary to gauge the extent of the injury. Pederson remained uncertain about Lawrence’s status until consulting with medical professionals.
C.J. Beathard: Jaguars’ Backup QB
With Lawrence ruled out for the remainder of the game, C.J. Beathard assumed the quarterback role. The former Iowa quarterback, drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, previously played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2017-20. Beathard joined Jacksonville in 2021, where he has been active since.