However, their immediate concern has now shifted to the status of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who left Monday night’s game with an ankle sprain.
Midway through the fourth quarter, with the game tied at 28, Lawrence and the Jacksonville offense were on the move. With the Jaguars facing a 3rd and 11 just outside the red zone, Lawrence took a shotgun snap and looked to throw to his left. That’s when it looks like left tackle Walker Little stepped on the quarterback’s left foot, which sent Lawrence crashing to the turf:
The quarterback’s reaction says it all, as Lawrence first pounds his right fist into the turf, before throwing his helmet aside.
Lawrence was then helped to the Jacksonville sideline, before being aided to the locker room:
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence slams the ground and his helmet after injuring his ankle getting it stepped on. He’s being helped off the field by 2 trainers. Entire stadium went silent. pic.twitter.com/tF9wTehhlu
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) December 5, 2023
Here is the video of Lawrence being helped to the locker room at EverBank Stadium:
The team listed Lawrence as questionable to return with an ankle injury. Tom Pelissero from NFL Network reported after the game that the preliminary diagnosis is an ankle sprain for Lawrence, and he will undergo an MRI Tuesday.
On Jacksonville’s next possession — with the Bengals leading 31-28 as time wound down in the fourth quarter — C.J. Beathard was in the game for the Jaguars. The Jaguars went on to lose 34-31 in overtime.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.