Monday, September 2, 2013
Gabbert appears on track to start Sunday
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on pace to start Sunday’s season opener against Kansas City.
Gabbert suffered a hairline fracture of his right thumb in the Jaguars’ third preseason game on Aug. 24 and had not practiced since. He was nearly a full participant in individual drills on Monday. He did not take snaps under center or in the shotgun but did throw. He was wearing a small wrap on his hand.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said last week that Gabbert was to begin gripping a football late in the week and start throwing over the weekend. Bradley is scheduled to speak to the media at 12:50 p.m. and will provide an official update.
Two other starters -- guard Will Rackley (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (allergic reaction) -- did not practice. Running back Justin Forsett, who hasn't practiced since a toe injury during the first live period of training camp, was back on the field and practicing.