Jaguars' Trevor Lawrence starting despite high ankle sprain

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is starting Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, six days after suffering a high ankle sprain.

A high ankle sprain typically sidelines players for multiple weeks, but it is consistent for Lawrence to play considering that he always does. Lawrence has never missed a game due to injury in high school, college or his nearly three full seasons in the NFL.

Lawrence will continue that streak Sunday in Cleveland against a tough Browns defense. Jaguars backup quarterback C.J. Beathard was prepared to start if Lawrence was unable to play. The Jaguars also signed quarterback Nathan Rourke from the practice squad to their active roster as extra insurance for Sunday's game.

Jacksonville feels like this type of scenario already played out earlier this season in mid-October, when Lawrence injured his left knee during a 37-20 victory over the Colts. Lawrence faced questions and doubts about whether he could play the following week -- then wound up starting five days later during a Thursday night game at New Orleans.

Not only did Lawrence play that night, but he shined, completing 20 of 29 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a career-high 59 yards on eight carries. Even playing with a brace on his left knee, Lawrence finished as the game's second-leading rusher behind Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

Lawrence suffered the high ankle sprain during Jacksonville's loss Monday night to the Bengals. Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Lawrence was "feeling good" and that he "moved around a little bit" at practice the previous day.