Jaguars' QB Trevor Lawrence versus the Bengals. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) leads his team onto the field before a regular season NFL football matchup Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-31 in overtime. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence left Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury. That injury came after Lawrence was stepped on by his own offensive lineman Walker Little following a sack and then had his leg bent awkwardly. But while there were some initial fears on how severe that injury might be, Jaguars’ head coach Doug Pederson revealed Tuesday that this is a high-ankle sprain. And Pederson said Lawrence should be able to return later this season, and perhaps even this week.

That’s certainly good news for the Jaguars. They lost Monday’s game 34-31 on an Evan McPherson field goal, but Lawrence’s injury was by far the bigger story. The team is 8-4 this year and leading the AFC South ahead of the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans (both 7-5). But they would have faced some seemingly-steeper challenges if they’d had to rely on backup C.J. Beathard or practice-squad member Nathan Rourke for the long run, which even led to some talk Monday about potential outside replacements (even including CBS analyst Matt Ryan, mentioned for a whole lot of teams this year).

On the year, Lawrence has completed 271 of 399 passes for 3,004 yards with a 67.9 percent completion rate, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. And the Jaguars will be eagerly awaiting his return. We’ll see when he’s able to come back, whether that’s Sunday against the Cleveland Browns or later.

[Ian Rapoport on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.