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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence suffered a high ankle sprain against the Bengals

It appears the Jaguars franchise quarterback escaped what looked like a much worse injury initially.

Syndication: Florida Times-Union Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Monday Night Football classic between the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars ended in a nightmare for the Jaguars, not just because of the loss that kept them from overtaking the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

We all saw quarterback Trevor Lawrence go down near the end of regulation in a gruesome fashion.

Fortunately for Lawrence and the Jaguars, it looked worse than it was. The quarterback appears to have only suffered a high ankle sprain. While that injury comes with a typical 4-6 week recovery timeline, it isn’t as bad as a serious ankle injury that could have taken closer to a year to recover from.

Bengals pass rusher Trey Hendrickson bull-rushed the left tackle back into Lawrence, and the tackle’s leg stepped almost near the calf height of Lawrence’s legs. Then Hendrickson tried to get to the quarterback, which saw the quarterback bend in a way the body just isn’t supposed to.

You could tell immediately that something was wrong as Lawrence went to stand and instantly went back to the ground showing clear frustration. He left the field and the game at that point.

Jacksonville is 8-4 at the top of their division, and winning a couple more games at least keeps them in the playoffs. This does open the door for the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans (both 7-5) to make a more likely run at the AFC South. Still, having Lawrence healthy for the playoffs still gives this team a good chance.