The Jaguars have already ruled out running back Maurice Jones-Drew and safety Dwight Lowery for this Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but got better news about starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert left in the first half of Sunday’s loss with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, but Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said that he has a good chance to return to practice this week and play against the Packers. Perhaps a sign that the Jaguars are confident Gabbert will be able to play this week is the fact that Mularkey said that they have no plans to sign another quarterback this week. If Gabbert cannot play on Sunday, the Jaguars will once again turn to backup quarterback Chad Henne who performed poorly in relief of Gabbert on Sunday.
Besides Gabbert, the Jaguars have several other new injuries that they will be monitoring this week. Cornerback Rashean Mathis suffered a minor groin injury and running back Montell Owens suffered a shoulder injury during the loss on Sunday. Neither has been ruled out for this week’s game.
In other injury news, wide receiver Laurent Robinson has still not passed his concussion test and will remain out until he does so. The Jaguars are also saying they are not encouraged by the slow progress linebacker Daryl Smith is making towards getting on the field for the first time this season with his groin injury.