Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars blanked the Carolina Panthers 26-0. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence to practice Wednesday

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is getting healthy and the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to make a full assessment of his readiness for their Week 18 visit to the Tennessee Titans in practice on Wednesday.

Lawrence might not be 100 percent and missed last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers with a shoulder injury.

“A little bit more than limited (in Wednesday’s practice). He’s doing better … in the day-to-day category,” Doug Pederson said of Lawrence’s health improving.

The Jaguars are 9-7 and can win the AFC South with a victory on Sunday. Indianapolis and Houston, also 9-7, play Saturday night.

“Obviously, our focus is trying to beat Tennessee. Regardless of records, playing and not playing, this is always a four-quarter game,” Pederson said. “Regardless of where they might be right now, these guys are going to play hard for Mike (Vrabel).”

Lawrence has been a regular in the rehab room with trainers in the past month. He left the Dec. 4 loss to the Bengals with an ankle injury that appeared to be serious at the time but was able to get back on the field six days later at Cleveland.

In the aftermath of the loss to the Browns, Lawrence entered concussion protocol but made it back for a 23-7 loss to Baltimore. He injured his shoulder the following week in Jacksonville’s 30-12 loss at Tampa Bay.

C.J. Beathard started in Week 17 and the Jaguars won for the first time in five games.

“Before Carolina, you’d say our confidence was shaken a little bit. Four-game skid … we needed that,” Pederson said.

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Jacksonville Jaguars backup C.J. Beathard (3) might be in line to start at Tampa Bay with Trevor Lawrence (16) in concussion protocol.

Jaguars backup QB preparing to start with Trevor Lawrence idle

Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback C.J. Beathard is preparing to play this week with starter Trevor Lawrence in concussion protocol.

But Lawrence was present at the team facility on Wednesday and Beathard noted he appears to be improved over the past few days.

“He’s doing better,” Beathard said Wednesday. “He’s in the building today.”

Beathard could get the call after Lawrence finished the contest Sunday night against the Ravens but entered concussion protocol because of symptoms he experienced after the game. The loss dropped Jacksonville to 8-6 and into a three-way tie with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans in the AFC South.

“Right now I’m preparing as if I’m starting on Sunday. … If we get news that (Trevor) clears the protocol, that’s great news,” Beathard said.

The gameplan for the Jaguars does differ, but only slightly according to Beathard, if Lawrence doesn’t receive medical clearance to make the start at Tampa Bay on Christmas Eve.

“We like a lot of the same stuff,” Beathard said.

Back-to-back road wins at Atlanta and Green Bay lifted the Buccaneers to 7-7 on the season and into first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games.

“Momentum is coming with winning,” head coach Todd Bowles said. “The urgency is there. We know we have to win out to get to the playoffs; that’s been our mindset since we played Carolina. That’s our mindset this week, as well, against a good Jacksonville team.”

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Jul 30, 2021; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) participates in training camp at Dream Finders Homes practice field Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jags place QB C.J. Beathard, S Jarrod Wilson on COVID list

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed quarterback C.J. Beathard and safety Jarrod Wilson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Beathard, 27, signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Jaguars in March after four years with the San Francisco 49ers. He is competing with Gardner Minshew to be the backup to No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

Beathard appeared in 19 games (12 starts) with the 49ers from 2017-20, compiling a 2-10 record and completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 3,469 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Wilson, 27, is entering his sixth season with the Jaguars after going undrafted in 2016. He had 69 tackles and one interception in 12 games (all starts) in 2020, raising his career totals to 188 tackles and three INTs in 75 games (30 starts).

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Jun 11, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Wilton Speight (5) , Nick Mullens (4) and C.J. Beathard (3) watch Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throw the football during minicamp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers QB Mullens needs elbow surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens likely needs surgery for a right elbow injury sustained near the end of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, NBC Sports reported Tuesday.

Mullens has started the last six games with Jimmy Garoppolo on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 8.

The 49ers opened the 21-day IR practice window for Garoppolo on Tuesday, but C.J. Beathard is likely to be the starter Sunday when the 49ers (5-9) face the Arizona Cardinals (8-6) in Glendale, Ariz.

In other news from the San Francisco quarterback room Tuesday, the team placed quarterback Josh Johnson and wide receiver Kevin White on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Mullens, 25, has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,437 yards with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season.

Garoppolo, 29, has completed 67.1 percent of his throws for 1,096 yards with seven scores and five picks in six starts.

Beathard, 27, hopped off the bench late in the fourth quarter Sunday and completed 5 of 7 passes for 100 yards, including a game-ending 49-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne.

Johnson, 34, has not appeared in an NFL game since 2018. The 49ers signed him to the practice squad on Nov. 11.

White, 28, has played nine snaps on offense and 22 snaps on special teams in three games this season. He has no catches and one kickoff return for 20 yards.

San Francisco has lost three straight and six of its last seven games. The defending NFC champions were officially eliminated from the playoff picture with the 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

–Field Level Media