The injuries have just continued to pile up for the third-year quarterback and the injury to his throwing shoulder proved to be too much for Lawrence to play through. Ankle sprains, concussions, and knee issues have all sprung up at some point in the season before this, and it’s fair to question whether or not those ailments have affected his on-field performance at this point. Regardless, his status will be one to monitor as we begin championship week preparations – especially with a touch matchup on paper against the Panthers on deck. QB C.J. Beathard would be the player to pick up in desperate situations in the event that Lawrence would be unable to go this week, but reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport indicate that not much is known about the full extent of Lawrence’s injury at this point in time. While it would be great to fall back on the fact that Lawrence has been able to gut it out and play through injuries before, an injury to his throwing shoulder could present more issues than the others have previously. Fantasy managers should assume that Lawrence will miss Week 17 to prevent themselves from being left without an answer if/when he is ruled out.
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