The Jacksonville Jaguars were flying high heading into Week 13.
They were at the top of their division, and a win on Monday Night Football would have vaulted them into the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
In a game that seemed like a cakewalk coming into the matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals pulled off the unlikely victory.
One of the contributing factors to this loss was Trevor Lawrence’s health, who left the contest with an ankle injury.
At the time of the injury, some analysts called it season-ending, while others described it as a minor sprain.
There was no immediate news about his status for the upcoming week, but insider Jeff Howe has provided an update.
Lawrence will take extreme measures during rehab, hoping to play through this sprain.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is going to rehab around the clock this week to give himself a chance to play through his high ankle sprain, per sources. Too early to know how the ankle will respond and whether he’ll be available Sunday, but they aren’t ruling it out yet.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 5, 2023
While this might seem like a minor update, the most critical takeaway from Howe’s report is that Lawrence is not ruled out.
He still has a chance to play against the Cleveland Browns, an essential game for both teams.
The Browns hold a 7-5 record, tied for second place in the AFC North.
A win over the Jaguars could go a long way in their standing within the division, making their path to the playoffs clearer.
The Jaguars also need this win to remain atop the AFC South, hoping to keep their feet on the gas for their five remaining games.
Lawrence’s status will contribute to how this game will play out, so fans will need to wait and see before reserving judgment towards this game.