Jaguars’ Injury Update – Christian Kirk News Hurts AFC South Leaders Amid Trevor Lawrence Blow

Published 12/08/2023, 3:38 PM EST

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Are the Jacksonville Jaguars cruising through stormy seas right in the heart of the NFL season? These wild cats were already dealing with some mid-season blues, with Trevor Lawrence being a limited participant for two days ahead of their colossal clash with the mighty Cleveland Browns. With their key player already en route to the infirmary, the Jags have now suffered another lethal blow after losing Christian Kirk.

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The star pass rusher has been a rock for the Jaguars, pulling off jaw-dropping plays in his two-season stint. Now, with their ace quarterback as well as defensive powerhouse sidelined, are the Jaguars’ playoff dreams done for?

Playoff hopes in limbo: Jaguars lose key player Christian Kirk

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NFL insider Adam Schefter dropped the bomb on ‘X,’ announcing, “Jaguars placed WR Christian Kirk on the injured reserve list due to his core injury. He’s out a minimum of four weeks.” Kirk went down with the injury during Jacksonville’s opening drive against the Bengals, going all out for a 26-yard pass from Lawrence. He hit the turf after a touch by Bengals’ safety, Jordan Battle.

If it’s a six-to-eight-week setback, Kirk’s sitting out the regular season’s final five games. The Jaguars, hanging at 8-4, desperately need a W post-Bengals letdown to secure that golden ticket to the playoffs. But with both their A-listers nursing wounds, it’s like navigating a minefield in muddy cleats.

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Are the Jags on the brink of gridiron glory or facing a playoff fadeout?

Kirk’s core conundrum: Jaguars brace for playoffs without star receiver

With Christian Kirk riding the pine, it’s a whole new ballgame for Trevor Lawrence. But the question on everyone’s mind is, will he even take the field? The Jaguars are playing the waiting game, holding off until Sunday to unveil their quarterback master plan against the Browns.

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Although, this wouldn’t be Lawrence’s first rodeo when it comes to injuries. If he suits up, it’ll be the third time he’s made a comeback from an injury that initially had fans clutching their jerseys. Lawrence, being the gridiron warrior he is, dropped a nugget of optimism, claiming his ankle feels better just two days after left tackle, Walker Little, stepped over his foot when it was caught underneath him and fell.

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The question looms large. Will Lawrence rock the QB1 status once again, or will he be orchestrating plays from the sideline? Sunday’s the day we find out.

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