The Jacksonville Jaguars faced a devastating setback on Monday night when their star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, suffered an ankle injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The unfortunate incident occurred in the fourth quarter when Lawrence’s right ankle was inadvertently stepped on by Jaguars tackle Walker Little during a sack by Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

Lawrence, visibly in pain, slammed his helmet down after the sack, and the concerned crowd watched as he was assisted off the field and to the team’s locker room. At the time of his exit, Lawrence had amassed 259 passing yards and two touchdowns, leaving the Jaguars in a challenging position.

The ESPN broadcast reported that Lawrence was in the X-ray room, and the Jaguars later announced that he was questionable to return with an ankle injury. The team’s kicker, Brandon McManus, missed a crucial 48-yard field goal on the subsequent play.

In Lawrence’s absence, C.J. Beathard took over as the quarterback for Jacksonville to finish the game. The Jaguars ultimately suffered a 34-31 overtime loss, bringing their season record to 8-4. Despite the setback, the Jaguars still lead the AFC South, holding a one-game advantage over the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans in the loss column.

The injury to Lawrence adds to the list of prominent quarterbacks who have faced health challenges this season, including Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson, Anthony Richardson, Joe Burrow, Daniel Jones, and Kenny Pickett.

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The Jaguars and their fans now await further updates on Trevor Lawrence’s condition and hope for a swift recovery for their star quarterback.