On Monday, December 5, 2023, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered a right ankle injury during an overtime game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals emerged victorious with a 34-31 score, with backup quarterback C.J. Beathard taking over for the Jaguars. Meanwhile, Bengals backup quarterback Jake Browning secured his first win as a starter since replacing Joe Burrow in the lineup, following Burrow’s season-ending surgery due to a wrist injury.
This game marked the first time in over a decade that the Jaguars made an appearance on Monday Night Football. Unfortunately, Lawrence’s injury occurred in the fourth quarter when offensive lineman Walker Little accidentally stepped on his right ankle, causing him to seek assistance off the field.
Although initial X-rays came back negative and Lawrence was diagnosed with a sprained ankle, an MRI is scheduled to assess the severity further. This incident comes after Lawrence had already dealt with a knee injury earlier in the season, which did not cause him to miss any games but affected his performance.
In the event that Lawrence is unable to play in the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14, C.J. Beathard will step in as a starter. Despite not having started a game since the 2020 season, Beathard has a 2-10 record as a starter and has significant experience with the San Francisco 49ers.
Looking ahead, the Jaguars are still favored by bookmakers to win the AFC South, with a 79% chance to clinch the division. However, their overall odds to win the Super Bowl and the AFC Championship have slightly decreased after their recent loss to the Bengals. Additionally, the race for the playoffs in the AFC remains competitive, with the Texans and Colts vying for wild card spots.