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Lawrence: "That Was a Positive Out of Today. I Guess That's the Only One." | Game That Was

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Trevor Lawrence felt OK about one thing late Sunday.

Not about losing. Or about how the offense played. But the Jaguars' third-year quarterback said his right ankle felt OK following a long, physical game.

"I felt pretty good, all things considered," he said.

Lawrence, who has started 47 consecutive games since the Jaguars selected him No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, started and played the entire game Sunday with a high-ankle sprain six days after limping from the field in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.

Lawrence, who did not practice Wednesday, practiced limited Thursday and Friday. The Jaguars announced he would start less than two hours before kickoff Sunday. He completed 28 of 50 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

"I didn't reinjure my ankle, or tweak or anything," Lawrence said. "That was a positive out of today. I guess that's the only one. I felt pretty good. It held up.

"I was able to move when needed. It was good."

The Jaguars, after falling behind 14-0 in the first half Sunday, rallied three times to within a touchdown – 14-7, 21-7 and 28-21 – but couldn't tie. They committed four turnovers, with both second-half turnovers – a list fumble by wide receiver Parker Washington and an interception thrown by Lawrence – leading to touchdowns that moved the Browns' lead to 14.

The Jaguars were playing without wide receiver Christian Kirk, their leading receiver in yards this season who was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury Friday. They also played much of the game with their fourth left tackle of the season: Blake Hance, who replaced Ezra Cleveland after Cleveland left with a first-half knee injury.

Cleveland was playing for injured Walker Little (hamstring), who had been starting for injured starter Cam Robinson (knee).

"There's no excuses," Jaguars tight end Evan Engram said. "We have to find a way to look at this as a team, to figure it out and get it done. Everybody's level has to go up."

The Jaguars scored on all four red-zone possessions Sunday but scored just seven points on four first-half possessions in Browns territory.

"It was not one of our cleaner games," Lawrence said. "We were just so inconsistent. It was hard to get in a rhythm. All the close plays you need to get some momentum back in games, seemed like all those we weren't able to make today.

"Walking off the field, I felt like we missed so many opportunities and left a lot out there. Really just shot ourselves in the foot, over and over. We gave them short fields a bunch.  You can't play that way and win typically. We still had a shot and gave ourselves an opportunity, but it was too little too late at that point."

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns

QB Trevor Lawrence (16) and TE Evan Engram (17)


  • Engram: "We've been tested multiple times. I don't doubt this team moving forward. We work really hard. We have the talent to not be in this position. That's the frustrating thing. At the end of the day, the game goes on. It's work tomorrow, it's off day Tuesday then we start full prep on Wednesday, so the work doesn't stop. The journey to figure this out doesn't stop."


  • Outside linebacker Josh Allen: "You look at the fight of this team. The outcome wasn't the way we wanted it. There were little mistakes that we made, but we take away some of those mistakes – we were in that position to win that game. I had all faith that we were going to win. Then you're talking about Trevor coming in with a high-ankle sprain and coming in and still playing for us, for his team … that's the trust that we have in each other. That's what's going to get us over. That's what's going get us by. If we could continue to love and trust and to play for each other, we'll be in a great position."
  • Lawrence on Kirk's absence: "There's no excuses. Nobody cares. That's the thing about this league. No one really cares who you are missing. There are a lot of teams who are missing players at this point in the season, but 100 percent we miss Christian. He's one of our best players. He makes a huge impact on this offense and this team. Of course, you miss him, but Christian is on IR, we have to find a way to still win games without him. That's not going to change in the next few weeks. We have to find a way and I have all the confidence that we will, but this week we have to go to work. We have to get better. We have to communicate. We have to get on the same page."

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