Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence enters concussion protocol after loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been placed in concussion protocol following Sunday night’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Everbank Stadium.
Head coach Doug Pederson said Lawrence was injured in one of three scrimmages on the Jaguars’ final possession but wasn’t sure which one. That puts his status for Sunday’s crucial game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in jeopardy. The Jaguars, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts are tied atop the AFC South at 8-6.
Lawrence has started every game since he was drafted first overall in 2021, a streak of 48 consecutive starts. CJ Beathard will start if Lawrence is unable to play against the Bucs. The Jaguars cut third baseman Nathan Rourke on Saturday and will likely try to re-sign him as early as this week.
Lawrence completed 25 of 43 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens but also lost two fumbles that the Ravens turned into 10 points. He also allowed the clock to run out at the end of the first half with the Jaguars inside the Baltimore 5-yard line.
The Jaguars got to the 5-yard line on Lawrence’s 36-yard completion to receiver Zay Jones, and Pederson said the offense was supposed to run a play rather than punt the ball to stop the clock. The Jaguars had the ball with 11 seconds left and Lawrence threw a quick pass to receiver Parker Washington near the numbers, but Ravens safety Marcus Williams tackled Washington in bounds and ran out the clock before the Jaguars lined up to snap the ball.
“We will remain aggressive,” Pederson said. “We’ve scored before in those situations. It was just a mistake by Trevor, and obviously he knows the situation and knows how much time is left out there. It’s a great learning experience for us from the standpoint of not throwing the ball inbounds. Treating it in that situation.”
“We’ll learn from that, but it’s just another great opportunity for us to try to get into the end zone.”
When asked if Lawrence should get past making that kind of mistake in his third season, Pederson responded: “You can put it on us too. Put it on us as coaches. Coach that position a little better.”
Had the Jaguars been able to kick a field goal, they would have trailed the Ravens 10-3 at intermission. Instead, they became the first team in the past two seasons to be shut out in the first half despite four shots inside the opponent’s 40-yard line.
That play marked the end of an ugly first half for the Jaguars. Kicker Brandon McManus had a 50-yard field goal attempt hit right upright and pulled a 55-yard attempt wide left. Lawrence’s first foul came when he inexplicably dropped the ball during a scramble at the Baltimore 20. The Ravens turned that into the only touchdown of the half.
Lawrence lost his second fumble of the third quarter when he was sacked by defensive tackle Justin Madubuike at the Jaguars’ 19. Four plays later, Justin Tucker nailed a 34-yard field goal to put the Ravens up 23-7.