Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo misses Tuesday's practice for personal reasons

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
Jaguars P (9) Logan Cooke holds for K (4) Josh Lambo during Sunday's scrimmage session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their practice session Sunday, August 8, 2021 in front of a limited number of fans on the turf at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL.

The Jaguars wrapped up their final full-scaled work Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals and embattled kicker Josh Lambo was absent.

The franchise said Lambo missed the practice because of undisclosed personal reasons.

During the open portion of practice at the indoor facility, practice squad kicker Matthew Wright, who was signed Monday, was not attempting kicks. 

Lambo missed two extra-point attempts in Sunday's 31-19 loss to Arizona and has missed all three of his field-goal attempts after three games.  Coach Urban Meyer has stuck with Lambo, praising his work ethic. But after Sunday's game, Meyer said he wasn't sure what they were going to do. 

''But I'm like everybody, I want to see him make it because he works so damn hard on it,'' Meyer said.

Until this season, Lambo had been the most accurate kicker in the NFL over a four-year span, making 76 of 80 field-goal attempts (.950) since the Jags acquired him in October of 2017. Lambo had never missed a field-goal attempt at TIAA Bank Field, making 41 in a row, until missing the first of two attempts against Denver two weeks ago. 

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Injury report

Offensive guard Andrew Norwell (ankle) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris were limited Tuesday. Cornerback Tre Herndon (knee) and left tackle Cam Robinson (shoulder) were full participants.   

Bengals coach praises Lawrence 

Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor regards the Jaguars as a significant challenge for his team, especially because of the quick turnaround. The Bengals are coming off a big win in Pittsburgh, 24-10, their first on the road against the Steelers since 2015. 

Taylor called Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence dangerous.

''He can hurt you in a lot of different ways,'' Taylor said. ''He's got all the arm talent in the world, he can get the ball out quick. He's a really good athlete. And so again, we got our work cut out for us on defense this week.  

Jaguars lead series vs. Bengals

The Jaguars lead the series against the Bengals 13-10.  However, the Bengals have won five of the last seven meetings. The Bengals have won three of the last four meetings at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won  33-25 in Cincinnati in 2020. The Bengals lead 7-5 overall as the home team. The Bengals and Jaguars were rivals in the AFC Central Division from 1995 through 2001, playing twice each season.

Burrow, Meyer connection

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow barely played when Urban Meyer was the head coach at Ohio State. Burrow transferred to LSU, leading the Tigers to the 2019 national championship after beating Lawrence-led Clemson Tigers in the championship game in New Orleans.

 Burrow was 2019 Heisman Trophy winner before becoming the No. 1 overall pick by the Bengals in 2020.

Meyer said earlier this week that Burrow has arguably one of the best mindset he's seen in an athlete. 

''He’ll tell you he was highly recruited, he wasn’t,'' Meyer said. ''He comes from an incredible family. It’s just a very, very close family, a football family. But his mindset, even when he struggled early in his career, the thing you can count on is that guy’s tough as nails, [is a] competitor, refused to lose at anything in the offseason.''

''Obviously, Dwayne (Haskins) beat him out. Dwayne threw

for 50 touchdowns and then the second year had one of the best years in college football history. But we’ve stayed in touch.''

After three games, Burrow has completed 71 percent of his passes for 640 yards with seven touchdowns and interceptions. In the Bengals' win over Pittsburgh Sunday, Burrow completed 14 of 18 for 172 yards and three touchdowns. And the Bengals offensive line didn't allow Burrow to be sacked.