Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  By KEN HORNACK  |  Last updated 9/23/13
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blaine Gabbert is back at the helm of an offense which didn't look much better during the two weeks when he was out than in the Jacksonville Jaguars' season opener. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said without any hesitation Monday that Gabbert will start at quarterback instead of Chad Henne against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Gabbert did not play in their losses at Oakland and Seattle because of a laceration on his right hand suffered in the closing minutes of a 28-2 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in which he threw for only 121 yards and completed less than half of his passes. Although Henne threw for a combined 476 yards against the Raiders and Seahawks, the bulk of that came in the final two quarters of both games. The Jaguars have still not scored a touchdown in the first half this season and are off to their first 0-3 start since 2003. "Hopefully he picks up where he left off in preseason," Bradley said of Gabbert, who had a strong showing in the second preseason game but also fractured his right thumb in the same contest. "I think this has been good for Blaine, to be honest with you -- to go through the game-planning process, to be involved with all the meetings and be in there with Chad and maybe see a different side of it." Even before Gabbert had the last of his 15 stitches removed Sunday, Bradley liked what he saw toward the end of last week when the third-year pro was running the scout team in preparation for the Seahawks. "It looked like he was just playing," he said. "He was free and throwing the ball and throwing it on the run. And I said, 'That right there what you just did is what we have to capture.' " You can follow Ken Hornack on Twitter @HornackFSFla or email him at khornack32176@gmail.com.
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