Even though Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert
may be healthy enough to return from an elbow injury this week, the team has named
Chad Henne as its starter following his impressive performance against the Houston
Texans. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey also said that running back Maurice
Jones-Drew is unlikely to play for another week as he continues to recover from
a foot injury, reports Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Gabbert is "questionable" this week because of his
elbow injury, according to Mularkey. But the Jaguars aren't waiting around
to see if Gabbert is healthy enough to start, like they would with a true
Rosenthal says the Jaguars’ decision to go with Henne over a
possibly healthy Gabbert brings into question that team’s belief in the second-year
quarterback. Mularkey made it clear Henne’s start has more to do with his
performance last weekend than it does with Gabbert’s injury, which Rosenthal
calls a “convenient way for the Jaguars to see if their offense would look
better with someone other than Gabbert running the show.”
Henne has looked bad in the past, as recently as Week 7
against the Oakland Raiders in fact, but he finished the Texans game with 344
yards passing and four touchdowns.
Mularkey also said he is going to still with running back
Jalen Parmele over Rashad Jennings in place of the injured Jones-Drew.
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