Jacksonville Jaguars move Canadian QB Nathan Rourke to active roster

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence questionable with a high-ankle sprain, the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) have signed Canadian QB Nathan Rourke to the active roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns (7-5).

The Jaguars made the roster move on Saturday.

Lawrence suffered the injury late in Monday night's 34-31 overtime loss to Cincinnati.

If Lawrence can't play on Sunday, backup C.J. Beathard is expected to make his first start since the 2020 regular-season finale with San Francisco. Beathard, meanwhile, is dealing with an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.

Rourke, who starred for the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions last season, has spent his first NFL season on the Jaguars' practice roster.

The 25-year-old Rourke, who was born in Victoria and raised in Oakville, Ont., started 11 games for the Lions in 2021-22, throwing for 4,035 yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 78.7 per cent of his passes, setting a new CFL record and earning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

With files from The Associated Press

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 9, 2023.

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