The Jacksonville Jaguars 2012 season is quickly deteriorating from awful to being a complete nightmare.
Two days after being awkwardly slammed to the ground in the first half of a loss to the Oakland Raiders, Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
The Jaguars have sent the results of Gabbert’s MRI to famed sports injury specialist, Dr. James Andrews, for a second opinion on his shoulder. However, if it is indeed confirmed to be a tear, Gabbert will need surgery to repair the damage.
On Monday, Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said that the team was optimistic that Gabbert’s injury was minor and that he would be able to play this week against the Green Bay Packers. Now, it appears that Gabbert’s status not only for this week, but for the rest of this season is in major doubt.
Gabbert was well on his way to his best game of the season on Sunday before being injured. He had completed 8 of his 12 passes for 110 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts.
If Gabbert misses any amount of time, the Jaguars will turn to backup quarterback Chad Henne to run the struggling offense. Henne looked awful in relief on Sunday, but he should look at least a little bit better with a full week of practice with first-team reps.
If Gabbert is out, then Henne would be the only healthy quarterback currently on the Jaguars roster. I would expect the Jaguars to go out and sign a quarterback this week, possibly Jordan Palmer who spent the entire preseason with the Jaguars as their third-string quarterback.