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Jags' Gabbert will start against Chiefs despite injury

08/19/2013 5:47 PM

08/22/2013 2:50 PM

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a broken right thumb and will miss the next two preseason games, but Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley has tabbed him to start the regular-season opener against the Chiefs.

Makes you wonder how bad his competition, journeyman Chad Henne, must have been in the preseason.

"It’s a small hairline-type fracture, and it could have been worse," Bradley said of Gabbert's injury. "The biggest thing for him is he will be out on the practice field, we will be doing calls and we will keep him involved. We just have to be sure that he doesn’t bump it or hit it or anything like that, and that’s why you see the brace on the thumb. It should be about a two-week process.”

Bradley said Gabbert did not need surgery for the thumb.

"Normally a break would require surgery or six to eight weeks. It’s not the same with this injury. They feel like in two weeks he should have a chance to come back and begin his prep for Kansas City. (Doctors) said in injuries like this if he can keep it in a brace, not hit it, not bump it, not pull it back or anything like that for two weeks, he should have a good opportunity to be back at the start of prep for Kansas City."

Gabbert completed 13 of 16 passes in last Saturday's preseason game against the Jets before he was injured.

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