Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Since he suffered a hairline fracture to his right – also his throwing – thumb just over a week ago, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert hasn’t been able to grip a football, much less practice. Still, Gabbert told Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union that he is “still on schedule” to be able to suit up for the team’s regular season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 8. Since sustaining the injury on Aug. 17 during a preseason contest against the New York Jets, Gabbert has been a spectator at practice, sporting a split to protect his thumb and help it heal. Before he can think about returning to practice, Gabbert has to show that he can grip a football. Gabbert said that more should be known regarding his condition in the next couple days. Whatever the case, the quarterback has admitted that, if he’s able to suit up for Week 1, he’ll have to play through pain. “Of course it’s going to be painful but at the same time, you’re always playing with things, nicks, bumps, dings and bruises,” he said. “I’ll have to manage it.” To this point, the Jaguars have targeted a week from today as Gabbert’s return date. That would give him four days prior to the regular season opener. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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