JACKSONVILLE – A day later, they got news – and the news wasn't bad.
Now, the Jaguars wait.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Monday sustained a right ankle injury in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday called it a high-ankle sprain, and did not rule out Lawrence playing against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.
"Everything's stable," Pederson said a day after the Jaguars' 34-31 overtime loss at EverBank Stadium. "Everything looks good. We'll see where he is here in a couple of days."
Lawrence was among multiple Jaguars players injured against the Bengals. Included among the group: Wide receiver Christian Kirk, who sustained a core muscle injury on the Jaguars' first play – an injury Pederson said could require surgery.
"We're going to send the images off and get another look at it and make sure we have the right diagnosis and plan of attack for Christian moving forward," Pederson said, adding: "He's obviously going to miss some time. He'll be out."
Asked if there was a possibility Lawrence could play in Cleveland, Pederson added: "I'm not going to put that timetable on Trevor. I'm not going to put him in a box like that, but we'll see how he is in a couple of days."
"I want to make sure that Trevor's a hundred percent before I put him or any player back on the field," Pederson added. "It is a matter, too, as a player the tolerance they can withstand with any injury. If the player is not in any harm or could risk further damage to the area, then you have to consider it. But you definitely don't want to risk further injury."
Pederson said he didn't believe surgery would be necessary for Lawrence.
"I have not had discussions with the docs about that," Pederson said. "I think just because where it is in the ankle it's necessarily something that surgery would be warranted at this time."
Also injured Monday:
- Left tackle Walker Little, starting for injured starter Cam Robinson (injured reserve, knee), strained his left hamstring. Pederson on Tuesday said this injury occurred before Walker was pushed back into Lawrence on the play on which Lawrence was injured. "We'll see where he's at strength-wise in a couple of days," Pederson said of Little.
- Cornerback Tre Herndon sustained a concussion, and Pederson said the veteran nickel corner will begin the week in concussion protocol.
- Defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi sustained what Pederson called a heel contusion. "He'll be day to day," Pederson said.
- Safety Andre Cisco sustained a shoulder injury early Monday and returned. "Everything was fine," Pederson said. "They put a harness on him, he went back in and played. He'll be fine this week."
- Cornerback Tyson Campbell, who missed four of the previous five games with a hamstring issue, sustained a right quadriceps strain in overtime. "He'll be day to day," Pederson said.
Quarterback C.J. Beathard, Lawrence's backup in all three of Lawrence's NFL seasons with the Jaguars, completed nine of 10 passes for 63 yards and led a 53-yard drive on his first possession that ended in a field goal that forced overtime.
"There's a lot of confidence in C.J.," Pederson said. "He definitely commands the huddle. He's smart. He knows our offense. The guys handled it well. We were in a close game with an opportunity to win the football game. He did a nice job getting us down there for the tying field goal.
"He really did some good things while he was in there. I didn't think the guys wavered one bit and I know there's always that next man up mentality."
Pederson early Tuesday afternoon said the team had had no discussions about investigating or signing a quarterback.
"It's good to get C.J. a full week of preparation, obviously," Pederson said of Beathard, who is 2-10 as an NFL starter with all 12 starts coming with the San Francisco 49ers from 2017-2020. "Trevor will stay mentally sharp and then see where he's at."
- The Jaguars on Monday allowed a season-high 491 yards including 156 yards rushing – also a season-high allowed by the defense. They are tied for fifth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed at 93.1 yards per game. "We started the game extremely well and we were making plays," Pederson said "We were tackling on the perimeter, then things just kind of got away from us. We were not gap sound as the game went on. We missed tackles as the game went on. There were some coverage issues and just some basic things that the guys should know. It's something we can coach this week. We have to show them and continue to improve."