Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence went directly to the locker room after suffering an apparent left leg injury late in the first half of the Jaguars’ game against the Detroit Lions. However, he avoided a major injury and returned to the game in the second half.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence Injured
Lawrence’s injury scare came on the final play of the half. His cleat appeared to stick in the ground as he was twisted down by linebacker James Houston on a sack. Lawrence walked off under his own power and then went straight inside for further examination.
The former No. 1 overall pick had completed 9 of 19 passes for 124 yards in a game the Jaguars trailed by three scores at the time of the injury. C.J. Beathard — who has a career 81.4 passer rating — is Lawrence’s backup and the only other quarterback on Jacksonville’s active roster.
A significant injury would have been a terrible setback for a second-year player who had made major strides in recent weeks. Fortunately, that seems to have been avoided.
Just last Sunday, Lawrence engineered a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback win against the Baltimore Ravens. He had thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions in his previous three games, completing more than 75% of his passes.
Entering the game, Lawrence had completed 66.5% of his passes for 2,655 yards with 16 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. That was a big step forward from last year, when he ranked 28th in QBR (39.1) 30th in passer rating (71.9) and threw the most interceptions in the league (17).
For more on the strides Lawrence has made in his first year working with Doug Pederson, we encourage you to read this excellent breakdown by PFN’s Arif Hasan.