Jones-Drew, Gabbert both out for Jaguars

October, 21, 2012
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are down their two key players on offense, but are beating the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew went out early with a left foot injury, and is now wearing a boot and on crutches on his team’s sideline. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, injured his left, non-throwing, shoulder, as he was driven into the ground.

Rashad Jennings is taking handoffs from Chad Henne now with the Jaguars holding a 20-6 lead and showing the sort of life they’ve often lacked in Mike Mularkey’s first season as their head coach.

The Jaguars were prepared to move forward without Jones-Drew as he held out through the preseason. While they need to be a more well-rounded team that throws more and runs a greater variety of pass plays, there isn’t a scenario where they are better without him.

I don’t believe they are better with Henne in the lineup either. Gabbert’s got more play-making ability. And if he was rolled out on a fourth-down play, he’d at least pose a threat to a defense while running with the ball.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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