Blaine Gabbert Out Week 2 With Lacerated Hand
The hits just keep on coming for Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert. After playing poorly all day — 16-of-35 passes completed, zero touchdowns and two interceptions — Gabbert lacerated his right throwing hand in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ 24-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
This is just the latest injury to Gabbert’s throwing hand this season as he is already dealing with a broken thumb that he suffered in mid-August. X-rays revealed that no additional damage was done to the thumb, which is a good sign, but it may be too little too late.
Gabbert has already been ruled out for Week 2 by head coach Gus Bradley, which leaves Chad Henne with the reins in Jacksonville. The veteran went 3-for-6 in Gabbert’s place to close out their loss last week. As hard as it is to fathom, Henne is actually an upgrade at quarterback as he has shown in the past that he meshes better with the offense as a whole, including their top wideout Cecil Shorts.
Moving forward, it’s not difficult to envision a future without Gabbert in Jacksonville. If Henne shows that he is even marginally competent, this could be the end of Gabbert’s tenure as the starting quarterback.
Since 2011, when the Jaguars selected Gabbert 10th overall out of Missouri, he has been less than impressive, completing just 53.4 percent of his passes while throwing 21 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. It may be time to move on in Jacksonville.