Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence ruled out vs. Panthers with shoulder injury: What it means for AFC South race

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 Trevor Lawrence #16 of nan Jacksonville Jaguars throws a walk during nan 2nd 4th of an NFL shot crippled against nan Tampa Bay Buccaneers astatine Raymond James Stadium connected December 24, 2023 successful Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

Jaguars backmost Trevor Lawrence has been ruled retired for Jacksonville’s Week 17 matchup against nan Carolina Panthers pinch a correct enarthrosis injury, squad announced Friday.

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This will beryllium nan first crippled of Lawrence’s master profession being sidelined pinch an injury. The third-year backmost wounded his enarthrosis successful nan 3rd 4th of nan Jaguars’ nonaccomplishment to nan Tampa Bay Buccaneers connected Christmas Eve. He went 17-of-29 passing for 211 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions earlier exiting.

C.J. Beathard stepped successful astatine backmost for Lawrence, throwing for 94 yards and a touchdown of his own. Lawrence astir missed past week’s crippled against nan Buccaneers, but was cleared from concussion protocol connected Dec. 23.

The 2022 Pro Bowl action has thrown for 3,736 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, adding 4 touchdowns connected nan crushed this season.

Jacksonville (8-7) sits successful a three-way necktie atop nan AFC South contempt 4 consecutive losses. The Jaguars tin clinch a playoff berth and AFC South title pinch if they conclusion nan Panthers and nan Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans some lose.

Jacksonville officially successful a freefall

They’ve mislaid 4 consecutive games and are presently successful a three-way necktie for first spot successful nan AFC South, which has started to return connected nan division’s accepted title to nan bottom. Lawrence has ne'er missed a crippled successful 49-game profession until now, and has played done respective injuries. This evidently doesn’t bode good for Jacksonville’s hopes to triumph nan division, and players person been openly wearing their vexation pinch what has go of this season.

“You put a batch of activity successful to do that, and to look for illustration you don’t moreover practice,” Lawrence said past week, aft nan Jaguars mislaid 30-12 to nan Bucs. “We’re playing our worst.” — Kalyn Kahler, elder NFL writer

What to expect from C.J. Beathard

Beathard will commencement Sunday’s crippled vs. nan Panthers. He’s been connected nan squad for 3 seasons, truthful is knowledgeable successful that regard. Beathard played good successful alleviation of Lawrence against nan Bengals erstwhile Lawrence sprained his ankle. He’s 2-10 arsenic a starter, and hasn’t started a crippled since 2020 pinch nan Niners.

We’ve seen backups person occurrence this play and ray a occurrence successful their teams. A patient Beathard tin beryllium that jolt, but nan Jaguars can’t spend to suffer astatine this point. — Kahler

Required reading

  • How Trevor Lawrence softly revived nan Jaguars
  • NFL Week 17 playoff clinching scenarios
  • Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence to participate concussion protocol aft nonaccomplishment to Ravens

(Photo: Kevin Sabitus / Getty Images)

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