Dec 4, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence day-to-day with foot injury

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s status for Sunday’s game against the host Tennessee Titans is up in the air due to his left foot injury.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Lawrence would not participate in practice on Wednesday and labeled him as day-to-day.

“Obviously when it’s your quarterback — or any player — there’s a level of concern, but we still have several days before the game,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said. “He’s tough. He’ll do everything he can in his power to be out there, but we’ll just take it day-by-day.”

Lawrence, 23, appeared to sustain the injury on the final play of the first half in Sunday’s 40-14 loss to the Detroit Lions. He returned to the game and finished with 179 yards passing and one touchdown to go along with four carries for 32 yards.

Lawrence has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 2,834 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions this season for the Jaguars (4-8).

He has thrown for 6,475 yards with 29 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 29 career games since being selected by the Jaguars with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

C.J. Beathard, 29, would get the start if Lawrence is unable to play on Sunday. Beathard has started 12 games for the San Francisco 49ers from 2017-20.

“My confidence level is high in him, what he’s shown — he’s a veteran guy,” Pederson said of Beathard. “He’s been in these situations before in his career so it’s not unfamiliar territory to him. He’s well-versed in the offense.”

Beathard has completed two passes in the past two seasons for Jacksonville. He has thrown for 3,508 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 23 career games with the 49ers and Jaguars.

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Dec 4, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) runs with the ball and tries to avoid a tackle from Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard (42) during the first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Lions win fourth in five games by romping past Jaguars

Jared Goff passed for 340 yards, including two touchdown strikes to Amon-Ra St. Brown, as the host Detroit Lions won for the fourth time in five games by romping past the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-14 on Sunday.

Goff completed 31 of 41 pass attempts. St. Brown caught 11 passes for 114 yards, while D’Andre Swift had 62 rushing yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Jamaal Williams scored his league-leading 14th touchdown and DJ Chark made five receptions for 98 yards.

Michael Badgley made all four of his field goal attempts for Detroit (5-7). The Lions picked up 31 first downs, committed just one penalty and had no turnovers.

Trevor Lawrence completed 17 of 31 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars (4-8). Travis Etienne Jr. rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries. Christian Kirk led the receiving corps with six catches for 104 yards.

Goff passed for 204 first-half yards as the Lions raced to a 23-6 lead.

Etienne fumbled on Jacksonville’s second play from scrimmage and Detroit’s Alex Anzalone recovered at Jacksonville’s 38. The Lions cashed in on Williams’ 1-yard scoring run.

Riley Patterson’s 31-yard field goal put the Jaguars on the board.

Detroit answered with Goff’s 10-yard touchdown pass to St. Brown. Chark had a 41-yard reception to set up that score.

Badgley’s 45-yard field goal early in the second quarter gave the Lions a 17-3 lead. Badgley finished off Detroit’s next possession with a 47-yard field goal.

Patterson kicked a 42-year field goal with four minutes remaining in the half before Badgley drilled a 38-yard field goal in the final minute.

The Lions drove 61 yards on the first possession of the second half and scored on Swift’s 1-yard run to make it 30-6.

Jacksonville scored its first touchdown on Lawrence’s 3-yard pass to Evan Engram. Lawrence connected with Jamal Agnew for the 2-point conversion.

Badgley converted from 44-yards out on Detroit’s ensuing possession, and Goff hit St. Brown from four yards out with less than three minutes left for the final margin.

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Dec 4, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during pregame warm ups before their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Jags QB Trevor Lawrence exits with leg injury

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered an apparent leg injury on the final play of the first half at Detroit on Sunday.

He grabbed the back of his left knee after getting sacked on a twisting tackle by linebacker James Houston.

Lawrence walked to the locker room under his own power with the Lions leading 23-6 at halftime.

He completed 9 of 19 passes for 124 yards in the first half. He rushed twice for 12 yards.

Lawrence, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, entered the game with 2,655 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions this season.

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Nov 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) runs the ball during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars RB Travis Etienne, WR Zay Jones active vs. Lions

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Zay Jones are both active for Sunday’s game at Detroit.

Etienne (foot) and Jones (chest) had both been listed as questionable.

Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams, the No. 12 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, is active for the first time this season since coming off a torn ACL.

The Jaguars (4-7) listed the following players as inactive: safety Andre Cisco, wide receiver Kendric Pryor, running back Darrell Henderson Jr., cornerback Tre Herndon and linebacker De’Shaan Dixon.

The inactive players for the Lions (4-7) are defensive lineman Michael Brockers, center Evan Brown, wide receiver Tom Kennedy, defensive lineman Romeo Okwara, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and guard Logan Stenberg.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) high-fives tight end Evan Engram (17) during the second quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jaguars edged the Ravens 28-27. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Clinging to slim playoff hopes, Lions, Jaguars clash

The Jacksonville Jaguars and host Detroit Lions bring identical records into their matchup on Sunday.

At 4-7, both teams would probably need to run the table to challenge for a playoff spot. Yet in different ways, they each enter the contest with a renewed sense of confidence.

Jacksonville rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Baltimore Ravens 28-27 last Sunday. Trevor Lawrence hasn’t often resembled a No. 1 overall pick, but he looked like a star in the making during the comeback.

Lawrence led the Jaguars on a 10-play, 75-drive in the final two minutes, culminating with a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones and a two-point conversion toss to Zay Jones.

It’s a much bigger longshot for the Jaguars to go on a winning streak and join the playoff race, but coach Doug Pederson won’t discount that possibility.

“I’ve been around this league a long time. Anything is possible,” Pederson said. “Detroit’s in a situation where they could go on a little run here and affect the outcome of their season too. Yes, we understand that it’s a one-game season, the importance of this game and we’ve got some really good opponents down the stretch here.”

Lawrence passed for a season-high 321 yards and three touchdowns against the Ravens.

“I see a player who’s gotten better, particularly over the last three or four weeks,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “That last drive last week was — that was big. Every week I feel like, man, if you’re not careful, he’ll pick you apart.”

The Lions had a three-game winning streak halted in their annual Thanksgiving Day game but earned some national respect in the process. Buffalo, one of the league’s top teams, needed a field goal in the closing seconds to escape with a 28-25 win.

“Oh, it’s turned (the corner),” quarterback Jared Goff said. “We’ve turned and have won three of our last four and felt like we had a good chance to win last week and feel like we can play with anybody. So, yeah, we’re there and certainly a different team than we were earlier in the year and can play with anybody and beat anybody.”

Goff hasn’t thrown an interception over the last three games. He’s thrown 15 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions in six home starts this season.

“The offensive line is really good at protecting Jared,” Pederson said. “He’s done a nice job of distributing the football. They’ve been scoring points. It hasn’t been one of their issues. They’re putting points on the board and (gone on) a little bit of a hot streak recently.”

Jamaal Williams has emerged as a premier goal-line back, scoring an NFL-best 13 touchdowns.

Goff doesn’t feel like the playoffs are out of reach, despite the team’s record.

“Last year, you think about this time last year, and you’re kind of out of it. Just human nature, it’s hard to get going every day,” he said. It’s hard to get yourself ready to go on Sundays and even throughout the week, Wednesday through Friday. Now, we’re in the mix.”

Detroit’s biggest injury concern entering the game is offensive tackle Penei Sewell, who missed Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury. The Jaguars top running back, Travis Etienne Jr., was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury.

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Nov 27, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars roll dice, pull off dramatic victory over Ravens

Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and the Jacksonville Jaguars gambled on a successful two-point conversion with 14 seconds remaining to beat the visiting Baltimore Ravens 28-27 on Sunday.

Lawrence completed 29-of-37 passes for 321 yards for Jacksonville (4-7). With just over two minutes to play, Lawrense started the Jaguars on their eventual game-winning drive, covering 75 yards with 10 plays while eating just 1:48 off the clock.

The drive was capped off by Lawrence connecting with Marvin Jones Jr. for a 10-yard touchdown. On the two-point conversion, Lawrence found Zay Jones on a pass to the left side of the end zone. Jones finished the day with 11 receptions for 145 yards.

With just 14 seconds on the clock, Baltimore (7-4) put Justin Tucker in position for a 67-yard field-goal attempt, but his kick was short as the Ravens’ four-game winning streak came to an end. Tucker made four other field goals on the day.

Lamar Jackson totaled 343 yards of total offense for Baltimore, carrying the ball 14 times for 89 yards and completing 16-of-32 passes for 254 yards. His lone touchdown was a 12-yard strike to Josh Oliver that gave the Ravens a 27-20 lead with 2:02 remaining. Baltimore converted a two-point conversion after the score.

The game featured seven lead changes. Baltimore built a 6-0 advantage in the first quarter on field goals from 27 and 29 yards by Tucker. Jacksonville went ahead 7-6 on a 29-yard touchdown from Lawrence to JaMycal Hasty, who entered the game for an injured Travis Etienne Jr. It was Hasty’s first career TD catch.

The Ravens extended their lead to 19-10 in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run from Edwards. That score capped off a seven-play 25-yard drive for Baltimore, which was set up by Tyus Bowser’s strip sack on Lawrence. It was the 13th straight game Baltimore has forced a turnover, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Jacksonville responded with a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Lawrence’s 1-yard TD pass to Jamal Agnew for a one-yard score, and then got a 29-yard field goal from Riley Patterson to take a 20-19 lead with 4:19 remaining.

The game’s opening kickoff was delayed 25 minutes for severe weather concerns.

Jacksonville linebacker Foyesade Oluokun set a franchise record for the most tackles by a Jaguars player in the first half with 13.

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Nov 20, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) takes the field before the game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens take aim at 5th straight win in visit to Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens aim to build on their four-game winning streak Sunday when they visit the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars.

Baltimore (7-3) is coming off a dominant defensive performance this past Sunday, beating the visiting Carolina Panthers 13-3. The Ravens held the Panthers to 3-of-13 on third- and fourth-down conversions, forced the Panthers into three turnovers and sacked Carolina quarterback Baker Mayfield four times.

The Ravens are second in the league in turnovers forced (19), third in fewest rushing yards allowed (864) and ninth in sacks (31). Their defense also leads the league in fewest third downs converted against, with just 38. Opposing teams convert on third downs just 32.8 percent of the time against the Ravens, a mark that is third-best in the league.

“It was a workman-like win,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t pretty, but our defense stepped up in a big way, controlling the run and getting the turnovers.”

Baltimore is, of course, also led by one of the best mobile quarterbacks in the game in Lamar Jackson. Against the Panthers, he completed 24-for-33 passes for 209 yards and an interception while also rushing 11 times for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson leads the NFL in rushing yards per attempt with a 6.9 average. He has three rushing touchdowns this season and 16 passing scores.

The Ravens’ rushing attack could be bolstered this week by the return of running back Gus Edwards, who practiced on Wednesday. He’s been out since injuring his hamstring on Oct. 27 against Tampa Bay.

Harbaugh also said this week that tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) are “trending in the right direction.” Harbaugh says veteran wideout DeSean Jackson will “hopefully” be back this week and he practiced Wednesday.

Jackson, Stanley, Hamilton and tight end Mark Andrews did not practice Wednesday. Neither did guard Kevin Zeitler, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, or corners Marcus Peters and Jalyn Armour-Davis (hip). Harbaugh said Jackson is dealing with an “issue” but will play Sunday.

“Just wanted to hold him back and let him rest today,” Harbaugh said.

Campbell spoke to reporters Wednesday and is also expected to play. He played in Jacksonville (3-7) before joining the Ravens in 2020. The 36-year-old is two sacks away from having 100 in his career.

“It’s a little sentimental I guess, but really, it’s just another football game,” Campbell said. “I’ve had some success on that football field, but my mindset is to stay in the moment … For me, it’s just another opportunity to get a big win.”

The Jaguars are coming off a bye week. In their Nov. 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a pair of touchdown passes, but was also sacked five times.

It’s been rare this season for Lawrence to be sacked that many times. Among quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games this season, only Jared Goff and Tom Brady have been sacked fewer times than Lawrence (17).

On the season, the Clemson product is completing 65.2 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns against only six interceptions — one season after tying for the NFL lead with 17 picks as a rookie. He also has three rushing touchdowns.

Lawrence’s improvement has led the Jaguars offense to ranking ninth in total yards this season at 362.2 per game.

“I think for us the key is playing complementary football,” Jacksonville wideout Christian Kirk said. “That’s one thing we have to do — offensively, defensively and special teams. For us, it’s putting it all together.”

Jacksonville placed linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson on the IR/Designated for Return List.

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Sep 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. (27) runs the ball in the second half against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars claim RB Darrell Henderson Jr., off waivers

The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed running back Darrell Henderson Jr. on Wednesday one day after the running back was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Rams.

Henderson, who led the Rams with 283 rushing yards, is expected to fill the backup role behind rookie Travis Etienne.

Jacksonville waived offensive lineman John Miller to open up a roster spot.

Henderson received just four snaps as the Rams lost 27-20 to the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He rushed twice for 9 yards.

Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday that Henderson had a knee issue during pregame drills.

Henderson, 25, carried the ball 70 times in 10 appearances (seven starts) this season and scored three touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 102 yards.

Henderson rushed for 1,742 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 474 yards and four scores in 50 games (28 starts) for Los Angeles.

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Nov 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates with wide receiver Kadarius Toney (19) after a touchdown during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes’ 4 TD passes lead Chiefs past Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers as the Kansas City Chiefs captured a 27-17 win over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Mahomes completed 26 of 35 passes for 331 yards, finding Travis Kelce, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Noah Gray in the end zone. Mahomes also threw one interception as Kansas City (7-2) won its third straight game.

Kelce had six receptions for 81 yards, and Isiah Pacheco rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries.

Trevor Lawrence threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Christian Kirk on 29-for-40 passing for the Jaguars (3-7), who have lost six of their past seven.

Travis Etienne was held to 45 yards on 11 carries, and Kirk nabbed nine catches for 105 yards.

Lawrence threw a 4-yard touchdown to Evan Engram on Jacksonville’s first drive of the third quarter, but the score was nullified due to an ineligible man downfield. The Jaguars settled for Riley Patterson’s 35-yard field goal, punctuating a march that ate 9:14 of the clock.

But Kansas City later went up by 17 as Mahomes and Kelce teamed for a 7-yard touchdown near the end of the third. Kirk’s 19-yard TD catch cut Jacksonville’s deficit to 27-17 with 5:26 remaining, but that was the closest the Jags came.

In the first half, Mahomes’ 13-yard TD strike to Gray gave the Chiefs a 20-point lead with 46 seconds left, but Jacksonville responded with a vengeance.

The Jaguars took just 31 seconds to move 61 yards in five plays, pulling to 20-7 just before the break when Lawrence found Kirk in the end zone from the Kansas City 3.

In the first quarter, Kelce’s 46-yard reception highlighted a five-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Mahomes’ short pass to Toney, who tiptoed along the sideline from 6 yards out for his first NFL touchdown and a 7-0 edge.

After Patterson missed a 51-yard field goal, Mahomes found Valdes-Scantling three plays later for an 18-yard TD to double the Chiefs’ advantage with 9:55 left in the first half.

Kansas City receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster exited the game in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head, forcing him to enter the concussion protocol.

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Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) celebrates after a catch and run against the Tennessee Titans during overtime of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster injured, out vs. Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars with an apparent head injury.

Smith-Schuster was running a crossing route in the middle of the field before being hit by Jaguars safety Andre Cisco with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter. Cisco made contact with Smith-Schuster’s head but was not penalized since it appeared he had led with his shoulder.

Smith-Schuster wasn’t able to secure the ball and fell to the ground immediately. He was taken to the locker room with the help of the training staff.

Prior to exiting, Smith-Schuster had two catches for 33 yards. He entered Sunday’s game with 44 receptions for 582 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with Kansas City.

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