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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence nursing sprained AC joint, status vs. Panthers unclear

Trevor Lawrence sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and now Lawrence’s availability for practice and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ upcoming game is in question.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said that the quarterback has shown improvement since the loss on Sunday, but more testing needs to be done before he commits to playing him against the Carolina Panthers.

"Obviously he's a little bit sore but doing better today than he did yesterday," Pederson said Tuesday via ESPN. "We'll see where he is at again tomorrow.

"May do a little something tomorrow but I would doubt that just because it's a little bit too soon, but we'll see as the week goes on."

If Lawrence is unable to go in either circumstance, then backup C.J. Beathard will take the reps and start in his place. Lawrence was injured in the third quarter when he extended himself to dive for a first down on fourth-and-1.

He slammed on his right shoulder as linebacker Yaya Diaby pushed him out of bounds. Lawrence careened into the Buccaneers' bench, but remained in the game and eventually ended the drive with a touchdown throw to Calvin Ridley Jr.

"When I landed I knew something was off," Lawrence said. "And the next play it kind of hurts to throw. I wanted to finish the drive out and we were able to get some points, and then on the 2-point [conversion attempt] could tell by the way I threw it I couldn't really get my shoulder up good enough to really keep playing.

"I would've loved to have stayed in but just kind of hurting everybody at that point if I do, so they made the call to just take a seat the rest of the night."

Lawrence exited the game after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble in Jacksonville's 30-12 loss to its in-state rival. Beathard took over and finished the game with 94 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-15 passing.

Even though the loss extended the Jaguars' losing streak to four games, Jacksonville still holds the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs, as of right now. Four other teams have similar records at 8-7, so the Jaguars room for error is minuscule these final two weeks.