On Wednesday the Jacksonville Jaguars placed second-year starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert on injured reserve ending his 2012 campaign.
Gabbert injured his right forearm early in the first quarter of the Jaguars 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. The second-year signal caller had already suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing left shoulder earlier in the season and with that injury needing surgery and the undisclosed current one occurring the team decided that it would be best to shut Gabbert down for the remainder of the year.
In Sunday’s loss Jacksonville back up quarterback Chad Henne had a remarkable game passing for 354 and four touchdowns while keeping the Jags in the game every step of the way versus arguably the best team that the AFC has to offer in the Texans. On Monday head coach Mike Mularkey announced that Henne would be the team’s starter for their upcoming game versus the Tennessee Titans based on his performance against Houston and not because of Gabbert’s injury.
Gabbert was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft and has yet to display the type of qualities that are necessary in an NFL starting quarterback. Gabbert has passed for just 3,876 yards 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while completing just 53.8% of his pass attempts in 25 career games. One major issue Gabbert displayed this season was his inability to successfully get the ball to 2012 fifth overall selection, wideout Justin Blackmon. Entering the contest versus the Texans Blackmon had just 26 receptions for 250 yards and two touchdowns however in that game Blackmon caught seven passes for 236 yards and a trip to the endzone with Henne throwing his way.
Jacksonville also placed wide receiver Laurent Robinson on IR as well due to the wideout sustaining his fourth concussion of the season versus Houston on Sunday.This season Robinson hauled in 24 receptions for 252 yards.