The Jaguars already have a tough task Sunday when they head to play the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. They know they won’t have RB Maurice Jones-Drew, and now reports they won’t have starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert has a torn labrum in his left shoulder, ESPN.com’s Ed Werder reported Tuesday.
Coach Mike Mularkey felt Monday before the MRI on Gabbert he would be able to go vs the Pack, but now may have to throw Chad Henne into the lineup.
“There is a good chance he will be able to play this week. We will see how it is on Wednesday. Chad (Henne) will be prepared to go, as he is every week, not different. We are thinking a lot of it will be up to Blaine to see how his shoulder feels. ”
During the Jaguars OT loss to the Raiders Sunday, Gabbert went 8-for-12. He was knocked out of the game in favor of Chad Henne, and the offense, ranked 32nd in the NFL, remained stagnant.
Mularkey said the team’s running backs share the blame for some of the lapses in protection. When the team practiced Saturday morning at San Jose State’s stadium, he even talked to the backs about protection.
“I said when those guys come off the edge, we’ve got to step up and block them as quickly as we can,” Mularkey said. “Don’t give them a head of steam to where they can push you back in the quarterback. We didn’t get that done. Obviously, that’s something I’ve got to do more. We’ve got to practice it more or whatever we’ve got to do.”
Gabbert’s availability is uncertain for Sunday’s game until he meets with renowned surgeon James Andrews.