JACKSONVILLE – Trevor Lawrence's status again will be uncertain this week.
Lawrence, the Jaguars' starting quarterback whose injuries have made him uncertain late in game weeks three times this season, sustained a sprained right AC joint in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday. Head Coach Doug Pederson discussed the injury Tuesday.
Pederson said Lawrence is progressing and that it's too early to know his status for Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
"He's a little bit sore, but he's doing better today than he did yesterday," Pederson said Tuesday afternoon as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (8-7) prepared to play the Panthers (2-13) at EverBank Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We'll see where is again tomorrow."
Pederson also on Tuesday said he didn't yet know Lawrence's practice status for Wednesday.
"It's a little bit early," Pederson said. "He may do a little something tomorrow, but I would doubt that. It's a little bit too soon, but we'll see as the day, as the week, goes on."
Lawrence three previous times this season sustained injuries that limited him in practice or prevented him from practicing the following week: A knee injury Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, a high-ankle sprain Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals and a concussion Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Lawrence played the following week on all three occasions: A Week 7 Thursday Night Football victory over the New Orleans Saints, a Week 14 loss at Cleveland and this past Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lawrence sustained the shoulder injury in the third quarter against the Buccaneers and left the game following that series.
"It's a tough violent sport," Pederson said. "Injuries are going to happen, especially to the quarterback position. All the injuries that he has sustained are all hits, all contact stuff. It's part of it. That's his style and that's his aggressiveness.
"He has been fortunate enough to bounce back from all of them. We'll see as he goes this week where he's at. We've been fortunate that he has been able to be available every week so far."