Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered a excessive ankle sprain in Monday evening’s 34-31 extra time loss to the Cincinnati Bengals; Lawrence says he stays ‘hopeful’ of taking part in in opposition to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday
Final Up to date: 07/12/23 7:23am
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence says he feels “so much higher” than he thought he would two days after sustaining a excessive ankle sprain and is making progress in direction of “hopefully taking part in” in opposition to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Lawrence sat out follow Wednesday however would not rule out taking part in at Cleveland (7-5), a matchup that would assist resolve the AFC wild-card race or postseason seeding down the stretch.
“I am grateful that it wasn’t a worse harm than what I form of thought it was on the sphere,” Lawrence stated.
Lawrence injured his proper ankle when left sort out Walker Little stepped on him whereas getting powered backward late in Monday evening’s 34-31 extra time loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. X-rays had been destructive, however Lawrence was identified with a excessive ankle sprain that would take weeks to totally heal.
Quarterbacks have performed by way of comparable accidents earlier than; most lately Kansas Metropolis Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes performed final season’s AFC championship sport and the Tremendous Bowl with a excessive ankle sprain.
However the Jaguars (8-4), who lead the AFC South by a sport over Houston and Indianapolis, need to make sure that Lawrence is wholesome sufficient to deal with what they imagine shall be a deep postseason run.
“I do not need to examine two accidents,” coach Doug Pederson stated. “Two totally different individuals, however within the circumstance of taking part in in a convention championship sport versus a regular-season sport are two various things.
“Clearly the Chiefs felt like (Mahomes) was good; he could not damage himself additional. … We need to make it possible for earlier than we put him on the sphere as this week goes that he is able to not reinjuring himself.”
Lawrence sprained his left knee in Week 6 in opposition to Indianapolis and performed 4 days later at New Orleans. He performed properly, too, throwing for 204 yards and a landing and working for a career-high 59 extra in a 31-24 victory.
Lawrence has been at his finest currently. Towards the Bengals, he grew to become the primary participant in franchise historical past to have a minimum of one passing landing and one dashing landing in three consecutive weeks.
“I am making an attempt to do as a lot as I can every day with out aggravating it or making something worse,” Lawrence stated. “However making an attempt to progress towards hopefully taking part in. Like that is the purpose each week, and daily is to attempt to get as wholesome as potential.
“And the previous 48 hours have been some huge steps, and I am actually proud of the way it’s therapeutic up. So we’ll see. I clearly cannot give any solutions proper now and I am simply going to take my time and do every thing proper.”
If Lawrence is unable to play, C.J. Beathard would make his thirteenth NFL begin and first since 2020 with San Francisco. Beathard is 2-10 as a starter.
Beathard, nonetheless, was restricted in follow Wednesday due to an harm to his non-throwing shoulder. He expects to do extra Thursday and Friday, however in the end would like to see Lawrence on the sphere in opposition to the Browns.
“He is aware of his physique. His is aware of himself greater than anyone on this group,” Beathard stated. “I am simply going to arrange as if I am prepared – identical to I do every different week – and if the chance comes, I will be in there able to go. But when it does not, I will not bat a watch about it.
“I need him to be wholesome and play and play properly.”