One is questionable, the other definitely out for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Either way you look at it, two major question marks for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to profootballtalk.com, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced that starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is questionable (thumb injury) to start against the Chiefs while starting tight end Marcedes Lewis will not play with a calf injury.
The website stated that, “per multiple reports, Gabbert got a good deal of work at practice on Friday.”
This means Gabbert has taken another step closer to being the starter, but a decision could be made as late as Sunday.
“We’re encouraged with what we saw from Blaine,” Bradley said Friday, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com. “He took steps in the right direction. It may go up until Sunday, pre-game, when we get a chance to see him. It’s important to see how he comes out the next couple of days.”
The calf injury by Lewis means more than likely, Allen Reisner will get his first career start at tight end. Reisner has been a real surprise for the team in the preseason, leading to the Jaguars releasing veteran Isaiah Stanback last week. Reisner has caught two touchdowns in the preseason and has been an open target underneath in passing situations in the red zone for the team.
“Hopefully, I can get back as fast as possible,” Lewis said in the Jaguars.com story. “I feel terrible about it. Regardless of whether it’s out of my control, I feel like I’m letting my team down. They count on me so much. I beat myself up about it for a couple of days. I talked to Gus about it. I talked to (General Manager) David Caldwell about it. I feel a lot better about it, but I’m a competitor. I always have been. It sucks I’m going to miss the opener. I’ve never done this before.”
In other Jaguars news….
Gabbert, along with running back Justin Forsett and guard Will Rackley are listed as questionable for Sunday. Defensive tackle Roy Miller, wide receiver Stephen Burton and defensive end Jeremy Mincey listed as probable.
Wide receiver Mike Brown will likely start for Justin Blackmon. Ace Sanders will see extensive time as well.