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Jaguars dodge injury scare to Lawrence during upset win

November 8, 2021 GMT
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence lies on the field after he was injured in a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence lies on the field after he was injured in a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence lies on the field after he was injured in a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Jacksonville Jaguars overcome a huge scare to rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence during their 9-6 upset of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 draft, was helped to the locker room for X-rays on his right ankle after getting stepped on in the second quarter. But he returned a few plays later, much to the relief of the Jags, who won just their second game.

“I’m feeling a little bit better,” Lawrence said. “We scanned it. Nothing concerning there. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and the rest of the week. I’m sure it’s going to be sore, but we’ll see. I’m just going to get a bunch of treatment and try to get back healthy.”

Rookie left tackle Walker Little, making his first start in place of Cam Robinson (back), was pushed into Lawrence and stepped on him during a passing play. Lawrence tried to put weight on his ankle and couldn’t. Trainers helped him straight to the locker room before he returned.

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Robinson tweaked his back in pregame warmups and did not play. Cornerback Chris Claybrooks was ruled out because of a concussion.

The Bills lost running back Zack Moss and cornerback Taron Johnson with concussions. Safety Jaquan Johnson left with a hamstring injury.

The Dallas Cowboys’ No. 1 offense was stymied in a 30-16 loss to Denver, and running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared slowed by a right knee injury that has bothered him this season. He limped off after one of his 10 carries and went to the sideline again a play after taking a screen pass 21 yards.

Elliott was still playing with the game out of reach late. He finished with 51 yards rushing.

Denver’s Tim Patrick had four catches for 84 yards before he was helped off late in the third quarter. Defensive tackle McTelvin Agim didn’t return after injuring a knee and first-round draft pick Pat Surtain II injured a knee.

The AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens learned after their 34-31 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings that safety DeShon Elliott will likely be out for the rest of season with an injury to his pectoral/bicep area.

Baltimore was without wide receiver Sammy Watkins (thigh) and running back Latavius Murray (ankle), and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike was shaken up late in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota was missing defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow), and cornerback Bashaud Breeland went down in the second quarter with a groin injury. The Vikings put safety Harrison Smith on the reserve/COVID-19 list before the game, and coach Mike Zimmer said he’ll likely be out next week too.

Browns cornerback Greedy Williams went out with a right shoulder injury early and didn’t return in Cleveland’s 41-16 rout of Cincinnati. He missed all of 2020 with a nerve issue in the same shoulder.

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Bengals returner/safety Brandon Wilson was carted off the field with a left knee injury suffered on a runback in the second quarter. Linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither didn’t play in the second half after hurting his left knee.

Patriots running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski left a 24-6 victory against Carolina with head injuries and did not return. Harris’ injury came in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. Tight end Jonnu Smith injured his shoulder in the second half.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Panthers starting center Matt Paradis tore the ACL in his left knee on the second play of the game and will miss the remainder of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the status of the injury.

Also, Carolina defensive end Brian Burns injured his right ankle late in the fourth quarter and did not return. Cornerback Rashaan Melvin injured his hand. Left tackle Cameron Erving injured his calf later in the first half and did not return.

Other injuries Sunday included Falcons cornerback Kendall Sheffield (hamstring) and outside linebacker Adetokunbo Ogundeji (upper body); Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson (right leg) and rookie defensive end Payton Turner (right arm); Texans running back Scottie Phillips (leg); and Dolphins center Greg Mancz (ankle).

Also, Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski left with ankle injuries and Giants tight end Kaden Smith was evaluated for a concussion in the first half. Chargers cornerback Ryan Smith limped off the field in the fourth quarter. Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (right hamstring) left in the fourth quarter and cornerback Avonte Maddox (knee) didn’t finish the game.

The Cardinals lost running back Chase Edmonds (ankle), left guard Justin Pugh (calf) and tight end David Wells (hand) during a 31-17 win at San Francisco, while 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey went out with a knee injury.

Chiefs right tackle Lucas Niang hurt his ribs in the first half of a win against Green Bay. The Packers lost cornerback Eric Stokes (knee), defensive lineman Kenny Clark (sore back) and left guard Jon Runyan (illness).

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AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed.

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