Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert isn’t a mystery to most Kansas City Chiefs fans. No matter what college you root for, you likely caught one of his 10 games at Missouri he threw for over 300 yards, three of which ended over 400.
The former 10th overall pick hasn’t had the same sort of success with the Jaguars, but many haven’t seen Gabbert since he has yet to face the Chiefs. If you’ve gone out of your way to watch Jacksonville games, you’re a better person than most.
If you were looking forward to seeing Gabbert’s first showdown with the Chiefs this weekend, you might be disappointed. Dealing with a fracture in his thumb, the quarterback was limited in practice Wednesday and is calling the injury “a day by day thing”.
Gabbert looked like the guy the Jaguars thought they were getting when he got hurt in the second preseason game, completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He sat out the final two games and has been taking it easy at practice, though he did go under center Wednesday.
“It felt good out there,” Gabbert told reporters after practice. “The biggest thing is we’re taking it day by day. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow and stick to our game plan, keep progressing each day and see where we are on Saturday.”
Gabbert could be optimistic with his timeline. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley talked about waiting until just before game time to make a final decision.
“It very easily could [be Sunday],” Bradley said. “We have some decisions to make. I know he feels better every day, so we’re going to have to get as much as time as we can to evaluate this.”
And if Gabbert isn’t able to go, the Chiefs will face another quarterback they’ve never faced in Chad Henne. The veteran also hasn’t had much success in his five year career, posting a record of 14-23 as a starter, including 1-9 over his last 10.