The NFL will start preseason on Thursday without quarterback Trevor Lawrence participating.

The Jaguars will take on the Raiders in their latest game.

Coach Doug Pederson said that Joe Lawrence will not play in the first preseason game

but Jake Luton will start Thursday because C.J. Beathard has a groin injury.

During practice, Trevor has seen a lot of great shots

and his teammates believe he is ready to play.

Travis Etienne, who missed his rookie season due to an illness, will not play at the NFL Hall of Fame Game.

They won't play in the first preseason game.

Many coaches are keeping more critical players on the sideline

to evaluate other players and those battling for roster spots.

It's important to ensure player health, so they'll be benched until their injuries heal enough before playing again.

Jacksonville does not need to evaluate Lawrence because he is the starting QB, so it makes sense for him to sit earlier in preseason games.