The injury to Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert was apparently not that serious.
Gabbert missed the final possession of last Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the Houston Texans and had an MRI earlier this week that showed a minor glute muscle injury. However, the injury is not serious enough to prevent him from playing this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Gabbert practiced fully on Wednesday and afterwards Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said he expects him to be ready to go this weekend.
Gabbert, who is coming off of the worst game of his young NFL career, needs to have a big bounce back game this Sunday if the Jaguars are going to get their first win of the season.
Fortunately for Gabbert and the Jaguars, the Colts defense is not even close to as good as the Texans juggernaut that held them to a franchise worst 117 total yards.
The Jaguars also have a chance to get some other key contributors back from injury this week.
Cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) and defensive end Austen Lane(foot) returned to practice in a limited role on Wednesday and have the best chance of the injured Jaguars players to return to action against the Colts.
Other players who are trying to get healthy like running back Rashad Jennings (knee), left guard Eben Britton (ankle) and right tackle Cameron Bradfield (ankle) all missed practice on Wednesday and are unlikely to return this week.
If Britton and Bradfield cannot play then it is likely that Herb Taylor will start for Britton and Guy Whimper would once again start for Bradfield.
The Jaguars have also already ruled out linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) and defensive end George Selvie (knee) for this weekend.