Trevor Lawrence injury update: reviewing the latest clinical notes on Jaguars QB

Except for the Tennessee Titans, all other three teams in the AFC South are having an intense battle with an 8-7 mark till Week 16. Fortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by Trevor Lawrence, are still sitting atop the division despite their disappointing 12-30 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This loss marked their second consecutive defeat, with the former one being a 7-23 loss against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Jaguars still have two matches left to showcase their caliber on the gridiron. However, besides their recent setback of losing two straight games, the team is also facing uncertainties in dealing with the injury of Lawrence as the quarterback has been plagued by back-to-back injuries this season.

Trevor Lawrence injury update

Trevor Lawrence’s tumultuous season hit another blow on Sunday as the Jaguars faced a resounding defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Entering the game with a series of injuries, Lawrence’s unfortunate streak continued as he exited the match nursing another setback, a shoulder injury. The team announced that the quarterback would undergo further testing on his injured right shoulder on Monday, per ESPN.

The signal-caller sustained the injury late in the third quarter when he lunged for a first down on a fourth-and-1 play. His attempt was met with a forceful shove from the rival’s linebacker Yaya Diaby. It ultimately leec the QB out of bounds and onto his right shoulder, causing him to slide into the Bucs bench area. This incident forced the Jaguars to list their young star as questionable for return, only to downgrade him to “out” shortly afterward.

This injury marked the third consecutive week in which the dual threat has suffered an injury. From a high ankle sprain against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 to a concussion in Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens, he has battled through various adversities. Adding to the list was a bruised knee earlier in the season during the matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6.

With a completion rate of 65.9% for 3,525 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions, Trevor Lawrence ranks 10th in the NFL in QBR at 60.2%. However, his recent game against the Bucs, where he completed 17-of-29 passes for 211 yards with a touchdown but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, showcased a comparatively lackluster performance.

Possible replacement for Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence has always been a steadfast presence on the field since the beginning of the 2021 NFL season as he has not missed a single start. However, the eventuality of a sidelined Lawrence poses a daunting question for the Jags: who steps in?

C.J. Beathard is the only available option to step into the signal-caller’s shoes. During the recent match against the Bucs, Beathard was thrust into the spotlight when the Jaguars QB1 left the field. The QB2 showcased some brief glimpses of capability by completing two passes to tight end Evan Engram. However, the unfortunate fumble by Engram on the second pass contributed to the team’s disappointing performance at the end.

The Jaguars, facing a losing streak in the last four weeks, will encounter a crucial dilemma should Trevor Lawrence be sidelined for any future matches, especially given his record of consecutive injuries.

The team’s dependency on Lawrence as their primary QB without a clear-cut backup plan also poses a challenge for its performance. Meanwhile, Beathard’s limited exposure and lack of extensive game-time action might raise concerns about their ability to maintain a competitive edge for a while.

Maliha

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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.

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