Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence will not play in Hall of Fame game vs. Attacker Travis Etienne also to sit out

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Thursday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, but one big name will be missing from the action. Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence will not play in the Canton, Ohio contest.

On Tuesday, Jacksonville’s head coach Doug Pederson made the announcement. About the former first overall pick, saying Jake Luton would start instead.

Backup quarterback CJ Beathard is currently dealing with a groin injury, which is why Luton will start Thursday instead. The other quarterback on the Jaguars’ roster is Kyle Slaughter, who was signed this summer after playing in the USFL.

“Trevor has looked great here in practice and (we) think he’s in a good spot,” Pederson said.

The head coach said that he is still working out how his team will shape up.

“There is still testing time, we are still reviewing our roster,” he said. We have a lot of young guys and a lot of tackles that we want to start seeing in game situations.

There’s no doubt Lawrence will be the Jaguars’ starting quarterback, so the team doesn’t need to spend as much time evaluating him as they do other players. The No. 16 outing also means he’s less likely to get injured before the regular season starts.

Jacksonville will also be without Travis Etienne, who missed Tuesday’s practice due to an illness. Pederson announced the running back, who missed his entire rookie season last year due to injury, will sit out the Hall of Fame game.