Blaine Gabbert Appears To Be On Track For Opener

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the healthiest they have been in a long time going into the regular season, but there still remains a question about the availability of quarterback Blaine Gabbert for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gabbert suffered a hairline fracture of the thumb on his throwing hand during the Jaguars second preseason game against the New York Jets and missed the rest of the preseason, but head coach Gus Bradley was still comfortable enough to name him the starter.

The Jaguars got good news on Monday when Gabbert was seen throwing the ball during the open portion of practice with a wrap on his thumb. Gabbert was not, however, seen taking any snaps from the center which will be an important step to see if his thumb will be ready for Sunday.

While it is unlikely that Gabbert’s thumb will be completely healed by Sunday, the Jaguars will likely start him if he is able to manage the pain and take snaps without any sort of discomfort.

The Jaguars also had running back Justin Forsett and tight end Marcedes Lewis back at practice on Monday.

Forsett missed the entire preseason with a toe injury and may have been passed on the depth chart for now by preseason star Jordan Todman as the backup running back, but Forsett figures to see time on Sunday returning kicks. Lewis missed all but one preseason game with a calf injury, but figures to play a major role in the Jaguars passing offense this weekend.

In other injury news, the Jaguars were without starting left guard Will Rackley (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (allergic reaction) at Monday’s practice. Rackley’s status for Sunday is up in the air, while it appears that Mincey should be ready to play.

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