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Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence ruled OUT against Panthers

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence won’t play on Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

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For the first time in his life, Trevor Lawrence will be unable to play football due to injury.

He made it through high school, college, and nearly three years of pro ball before his impressive streak came to a close. The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially ruled out its star quarterback ahead of Week 17’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

Lawrence sustained an AC sprain in his right throwing shoulder last week. This season, he’s also dealt with a knee sprain, a high ankle sprain, and a concussion.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard (2-10 career record) is expected to start for Jacksonville.

“It is what it is,” Lawrence said Wednesday when asked how he’d feel watching from the sidelines. “I’m going to do everything I can to help the team if that’s the case and help C.J., I’ve got a ton of confidence in him and his ability to operate the system and the offense and to play well. You saw he did that on Sunday in the Bucs game when he had to come in and he played well.”

“At that point, it’s not going to be about me, it’s going to be about what I can do to help the team to win. At that point, it’s encouraging, leading, talking to guys, helping C.J. communicate whatever he needs to communicate. The coaches, same thing. Doing whatever I need to do, but we’ll see how the week goes. Whatever the case is, I’m going to be there and do whatever I need to do to help.”

The Jaguars are now 4-point favorites against the Panthers after originally opening as 6.5-point favorites. Jacksonville could clinch the AFC South with a win (plus losses by Indianapolis and Houston), but a fifth-straight loss would officially sound alarm bells.