Blaine Gabbert out; MJD likely back
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is going to miss his second consecutive game because of a hand injury, but the team may be getting two key starters back in time for Sunday's meeting with Seattle.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) may not practice fully this week, but coach Gus Bradley said both have a good chance of returning to the lineup against the Seahawks.
Gabbert will have some of the 15 stitches on the back of his right hand removed this week. He hasn't thrown a football since he cut his hand on a player's shoulder pads late in the Jaguars' season-opening loss to Kansas City on Sept. 8, and that lack of activity is too much to overcome for Sunday -- especially against a defense like Seattle's.
"As of right now, we don't anticipate we'll have him on Sunday," Bradley said.
The news on Jones-Drew is much better. Bradley said Jones-Drew suffered a strained tendon in his left ankle Sunday, and while X-rays were negative, he was undergoing an MRI on Monday. If no further damage is revealed, Bradley said Jones-Drew could sit out practice this week and still be able to play on Sunday.
"We'll know more on Wednesday, but all accounts it looks pretty good," Bradley said. "I know he felt good this morning, so that's a positive sign. ... We feel like he's got a chance to be back on Sunday."
Jones-Drew was injured late in the first half of the Jaguars' 19-9 loss to Oakland. He had gained 27 yards on 10 carries at that point but never returned to the game. Jones-Drew, who missed the final 10 games of last season because of a left-foot injury, has run for 72 yards on 25 carries (2.9 per carry) in the Jaguars' first two games.
Lewis originally hurt his calf during warm-ups before a preseason game against the New York Jets on Aug. 17 and had been limited in practice until the first week of the season. He reinjured the calf on Sept. 5 when he tried to come off the line of scrimmage during team drills and hasn't practiced since.
Bradley said Lewis, who caught 52 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns last season, will do some sprinting on Tuesday. If his calf can handle that, it increases his likelihood of playing against the Seahawks.
"I know I talked to him before the game [against the Raiders] and he felt really good before the game, but we had not tested it yet completely. So I think tomorrow will be a big telltale sign for him," Bradley said.
In other injury news, Bradley said receiver Mike Brown (back) likely will miss his second consecutive game, while guard Uche Nwaneri suffered a minor knee injury against the Raiders but will return to practice Wednesday. Cornerback Alan Ball played through a hamstring pull against the Raiders and will be limited in practice this week in the hope that it will heal enough so he can play against the Seahawks. Receiver Ace Sanders is having an MRI on Monday on his ribs, but his injury is not expected to be serious, Bradley said.
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