TAMPA – Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence will bear additional testing on his injured proper shoulder on Monday, leaving his standing for Sunday’s essential recreation in opposition to the Carolina Panthers doubtful.
“It bothers me,” Lawrence mentioned after the Jaguars’ 30-12 loss to Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. “Hopefully nothing critical, however yeah, it is bothering me proper now.”
Lawrence was damage when he stretched out and dove down the sideline for a primary time on a fourth-and-1 play late within the third quarter. He was pushed by Bucs linebacker Yaya Diaby whereas diving, landed on his proper shoulder out of bounds and slid into the Bucs’ bench space.
Lawrence stayed within the recreation to complete the drive, finishing 4 of 5 passes, together with an 18-yarder to Calvin Ridley for a landing.
“After I landed, I knew one thing was improper,” Lawrence mentioned. “And the following play it hurts a bit of bit to throw. I wished to complete the drive out and we might get some factors, after which on the two-point [conversion attempt] I might inform from the way in which I used to be throwing that I could not actually get my shoulder up sufficient to actually proceed enjoying.
“I’d have appreciated to remain in, but when I did I’d have damage everybody at that second, so that they known as to only sit there for the remainder of the night.”
Backup C.J. Beathard completed the sport finishing 11 of 15 passes for 94 yards and a landing. Lawrence had accomplished 18 of 30 passes for 213 yards and one landing with two interceptions and misplaced a fumble earlier than leaving the sport. In line with ESPN Stats & Info, this was Lawrence’s eighth profession recreation with greater than three turnovers, which is three greater than every other participant since Lawrence entered the NFL in 2021. Buffalo’s Josh Allen and New England’s Mac Jones have 5 video games with three-plus turnovers.
Lawrence tried to maintain his proper arm and shoulder nonetheless as he left the sphere after the loss and behaved equally throughout his post-match press convention, though he sometimes moved his arm. On the time Lawrence was injured, the Jaguars had been down 30-0, however head coach Doug Pederson mentioned he wasn’t contemplating benching Lawrence — who spent all week within the NFL’s concussion protocol earlier than being injured. was acquitted on Saturday morning – at that time within the match. third quarter.
Lawrence was damage with 2:26 left within the interval. Pederson additionally mentioned he by no means thought-about not beginning Lawrence in opposition to the Bucs, although he did not apply Wednesday and Thursday and had restricted participation in Friday’s apply.
“As soon as Trevor was cleared and he was good, he spent the week within the conferences and stuff, I did not hesitate. [to start him against the Bucs] As soon as he was free, Pederson mentioned. “He is our starter and we’re rolling.”
That is the fourth damage Lawrence has suffered this season. He suffered a sprained left knee late within the Jaguars’ Week 6 win over Indianapolis, however he led the Jaguars to a victory over the New Orleans Saints 4 days afterward Thursday evening. He suffered a excessive ankle sprain in opposition to Cincinnati on December 4, however began the next week in Cleveland.
Lawrence has began 49 straight video games because the Jaguars drafted him first general in 2021, tied with Patrick Mahomes for the second-longest energetic streak amongst quarterbacks. Allen has began 86 consecutive video games for Buffalo.
The Jaguars (8-7) have misplaced 4 straight video games, however stay within the lead within the AFC South because of tiebreakers in opposition to Houston (8-7) and Indianapolis (8-7). In line with ESPN analytics, the Jaguars nonetheless have a 65% likelihood of successful the division and may seize their second consecutive division title on Sunday by beating the Panthers and struggling losses to the Texans and Colts.
The Jaguars turned the ball over 4 occasions in opposition to the Bucs – giving them 10 up to now three video games – and ran for a season-low 37 yards. The protection allowed the Bucs to transform 10 of 19 third downs and did not pressure a turnover for the primary time in December. A month in the past there was speak of the Jaguars competing for the No. 1 seed within the AFC, however now Lawrence does not know find out how to cease their freefall.
“It appears to be like like we’re not even working towards,” he mentioned. “We glance misplaced. No sense of urgency. The listing goes on. I really feel like we have had good weeks of preparation and I really feel like we’re ready for video games after which one thing occurs on match day the final month the place it simply every little thing falls aside.
“That is our season. We have labored laborious to get into this place and we’re about to piss it away, so we have got to determine it out.”
When requested if issues had been at a disaster level within the season, Pederson was blunt: “I’d say sure. Our targets are nonetheless forward of us. Nothing has modified there, however someplace we have now to forestall this dam from bursting broad open. .”