Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with both a hamstring and toe injury and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injuries.
Before being sidelined, Gabbert was having the worst game of his young NFL career. Gabbert completed only 7 of his 19 pass attempts for only 53 yards and a touchdown against a very skilled Texans defense.
Not all of the blame for the Jaguars offensive ineptness should fall on Gabbert’s shoulders.
The Jaguars offensive line has been decimated by injuries and had a guy in Herb Taylor playing left guard in his first NFL action since 2008. The offensive line struggled mightily in pass protection and also failed to give running back Maurice Jones-Drew much of a chance to establish a rushing attack.
Gabbert’s new wide receiver corps also appeared to struggle getting open against a vastly improved Texans secondary.
All of these were factors in the Jaguars having their worst offensive output in franchise history on Sunday.
The injury will likely again bring up questions nationally about Gabbert’s viability as a starter and numerous articles about why Chad Henne should take over as quarterback, but the Jaguars have placed all their eggs in the Gabbert basket. As long as Gabbert is healthy enough to play he will be the Jaguars quarterback.
It is unfortunate that Gabbert followed up perhaps his best performance with the Jaguars at quarterback last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings with easily his worst.
It is easy to forget that Gabbert is still a young quarterback and he is going to have his ups and downs, but the question now will be how he bounces back from a rough performance.