Gardner Minshew is not expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew out vs. Steelers with thumb injury

For the third week in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take the field without their starting quarterback. 

The Jaguars announced that Gardner Minshew is inactive for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jake Luton will, once again, start and Mike Glennon will be his backup. 

Minshew is continuing to recover from multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb. 

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said earlier this week that the 24-year-old has made solid strides toward returning to the field, but the next step will be to increase his throwing next week. 

In seven games this season, Minshew is 1-6, completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 1,855 yards and 13 touchdowns against five interceptions. 

Jacksonville doesn't have a shot at making the playoffs, but rookie quarterback Luton will be looking for the first win of his NFL career. He's completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions. It won't be easy for him to take down the undefeated Steelers, but it's not impossible. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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