Blaine Gabbert Will Miss Next Jacksonville Jaguars Game

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert will miss the team’s week 2 game against the Oakland Raiders due to a laceration on his throwing hand that required 15 stitches to close up.

Gabbert suffered the injury late during Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and was relieved by backup Chad Henne, who will get the start under center for the team against the Raiders.

Gabbert came into the opener as a question mark with a thumb injury on his throwing hand that he suffered during the preseason, but the injury did not appear to be a factor in his poor performance on Sunday. Prior to the season, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley stated that Gabbert would be the starting quarterback when healthy and they haven’t given any reason to believe that that has changed.

Unless the Jaguars offensive line plays significantly better this Sunday and the team makes a better effort to get running back Maurice Jones-Drew into the game earlier, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which the offense looks significantly better with Henne under center.

In other injury news for the Jaguars, rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz is going to miss at least the next three weeks with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss. The team will likely use some combination of Will Blackmon, Mike Harris and Demetrius McCray to make up for Gratz absence from the lineup. The team also lost starting left guard Will Rackley to a knee injury on Sunday, but his status moving forward remains unknown.

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