2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Jaguars place QB Gabbert on IR, ending his season

By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
    2012-11-21 15:53

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert's season came to an abrupt end Wednesday, two days after his tenure as a starting quarterback did the same.

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed Gabbert on injured reserve because of a significant forearm injury. Gabbert may have been able to return this season, but since he needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, the Jaguars (1-9) figured it was best to get the procedure done and get his recovery started.

``The earlier we can take care of him, the earlier we are going to get him back,'' coach Mike Mularkey said. ``That had a lot to do with why we did what we did.''

Even before Mularkey knew the severity of Gabbert's injury, he named Chad Henne the starter for Sunday's game against Tennessee (4-6). The coach made it clear that his decision was based on Henne's performance and not Gabbert's injury.

That was somewhat of a surprise, but Mularkey dropped an even bigger one Wednesday when he said Henne could secure the starting job going into next season by playing well over the final six games.

So the Jaguars appear ready to move on from Gabbert, a first-round draft pick who failed to show much progress in 24 starts. He has completed 53.7 percent of his passes for 3,876 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He has been sacked 62 times while winning just five starts.

``You can't worry about that,'' Gabbert said. ``There's always going to be competition on any football team at any position in any given season. It's my job to come back and work my tail off like I will and like I have and get my job back. I'm a competitive person. I'm probably one of the more of the competitive guys out there.

``I want to see other people succeed, but at the same time, personally, you have to want to succeed yourself. And that's why you have to that competitive drive to come in here and now just take that drive towards rehab and getting back healthy.''

Henne plans on capitalizing on the opportunity.

He was essentially run out of Miami after four up-and-down, injury-filled seasons. A second-round pick in 2008, Henne completed 60.7 percent of his passes with the Dolphins for 7,114 yards, with 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. Nicknamed ``Captain Checkdown,'' Henne went 13-18 as a starter.

He got a second chance when the Jaguars signed him to a two-year, $6.75 million contract in March to be Gabbert's backup and possibly compete for the starting job.

But Henne never really challenged Gabbert. Maybe he was rusty from sitting out 12 games last season because of a shoulder injury. Or maybe he struggled to get comfortable in Mularkey's offense.

Either way, he looked considerably better in relief of Gabbert in recent weeks.

Henne completed 10 of 16 passes for 121 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, against Indianapolis on Nov. 8. He was even better last week at Houston, throwing for 354 yards and four scores.

``He just came out and made a lot of things happen, and that's what we're looking for,'' Mularkey said. ``Just to try to find the production that's going to help us win the game.''

Henne feels much more experienced and relaxed heading into his second stint as a starter.

``Hopefully I can keep it that way and improve from last week and try to give this offense a spark that we've kind of been missing and some leadership and just excitement,'' Henne said.

Henne won't have two of his key playmakers.

Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is ``highly unlikely'' to play against the Titans, and receiver Laurent Robinson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after sustaining his fourth concussion of the season.

``Obviously, very serious,'' Mularkey said. ``Any concussion is serious, but to have four is very. I'm not sure of any other cases of that, but I know it's not a good thing. Not something we want to deal with for him and his health, so that's why we did what we did. That is a significant injury.''

The Jaguars signed former Cleveland Browns receiver Carlton Mitchell to take Robinson's spot on the roster. They also brought back Jordan Palmer to serve as Henne's backup. Palmer spent the offseason and the preseason in Jacksonville.

``Experience,'' Mularkey said of Palmer. ``Being here and being on the field, even if it was a preseason game. Being in live games, starting real NFL games, was really just the experience.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Charles JohnsonAug 31 08:12p

The Cleveland Browns have placed WR Charles X. Johnson, OT Martin Wallace and OG Karim Barton on no-recall waivers.

Daryl RichardsonAug 31 07:22p

The New York Jets signed free-agents DT Tevita Finau, DL Kerry Hyder, SS Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale, OT Brent Qvale, RB Daryl Richardson and QB Matt Simms to [ More ]

Alex SmithAug 31 07:02p

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $68 million with $45 million guaranteed.

Mike KafkaAug 31 05:02p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added TE Cameron Brate, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, LB Brandon Magee, DT Matthew Masifilo and WR Solomon Patton to their practice squad.

Michael CoxAug 31 04:42p

The New York Giants have signed RB Michael Cox, CB Bennett Jackson, CB Chandler Fenner, LB Dan Fox, DE Jordan Stanton, WR Julian Talley and OT Nick Becton to their practice squad.

Rex GrossmanAug 31 04:23p

The Cleveland Browns have released QB Rex Grossman, according to a source.

Michael EgnewAug 31 04:12p

The Detroit Lions have signed TE Michael Egnew and RB George Winn to their practice squad.

Benson MayowaAug 31 04:12p

The Oakland Raiders have claimed DE Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Ryan JensenAug 31 03:42p

The Baltimore Ravens will sign QB Keith Wenning, CB Tramain Jacobs, TE Phillip Supernaw, LB John Simon, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, DT AJ Pataialii and OG Ryan Jensen to their [ More ]

A.Q. ShipleyAug 31 03:32p

The Indianapolis Colts have claimed OG A.Q. Shipley off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

Jeff TuelAug 31 03:22p

The Buffalo Bills have signed S Deon Broomfield, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, QB Jeff Tuel, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR Caleb Holley and DL Ikponmwosa Igbinosun to their practice squad.

Kapri BibbsAug 31 03:12p

The Denver Broncos have signed LB Shaquil Barrett, RB Kapri Bibbs, FS John Boyett, QB Zac Dysert, WR Bennie Fowler, OT Vinston Painter, WR Nathan Palmer, C Matt Paradis [ More ]

Lawrence OkoyeAug 31 03:02p

The San Francisco 49ers have added DL Lawrence Okoye and LB Shayne Skov to their practice squad.

Travian RobertsonAug 31 03:02p

The Atlanta Falcons have signed CB Ricardo Allen, FS Sean Baker, OG Harland Gunn, OL Terren Jones, WR Bernard Reedy, DL Travian Robertson, LB Jacques Smith and RB Jerome Smith to the practice squad.

Myles WhiteAug 31 02:52p

The Green Bay Packers have signed S Chris Banjo, WR Myles White, CB Jumal Rolle, TE Justin Perillo and OL Jeremy Vujnovich to their practice squad.

Tim DobbinsAug 31 02:43p

The Atlanta Falcons have claimed LB Nathan Stupar off waivers from the Jacksonivlle Jaguars and placed him on their 53-man roster, according to a league source. In a corresponding [ More ]

Ryan MallettAug 31 02:12p

The Houston Texans have acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, in exchange for a sixth-round pick, according to multiple sources.

Ryan SeymourAug 31 01:02p

The Cleveland Browns claimed free-agent OG Ryan Seymour (49ers) off waivers Sunday, Aug. 31.

Michael SamAug 31 12:12p

Free-agent DE Michael Sam (Rams) reportedly cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team.

Josh KadduAug 31 03:22a

To get its roster down to 53 players on Saturday, Aug. 30, the Philadelphia Eagles released OT Kevin Graf, FS Keelan Johnson, LB Josh Kaddu, DT Wade Keliikipi and WR Will Murphy.

Wes WelkerAug 31 12:12a

Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level when the team returns to practice Monday, Sept. 1.

Khaled HolmesAug 30 11:52p

Indianapolis Colts C Khaled Holmes (ankle) is one of five offensive linemen on the team that is currently dealing with an injury, and Mike Wells of ESPN.com believes the [ More ]

Alfonso SmithAug 30 10:42p

San Francisco 49ers RB Alfonso Smith was released Saturday, Aug. 30.

Tyler BrayAug 30 09:52p

Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray (undisclosed) and WR Kyle Williams (shoulder) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 30.

Jamarca SanfordAug 30 09:52p

Minnesota Vikings OT Antonio Richardson (undisclosed) and S Jamarca Sanford (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 30.

A.J. McCarronAug 30 09:42p

Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Saturday, Aug. 30.

Jamar ChaneyAug 30 09:32p

Denver Broncos LB Jamar Chaney (undisclosed) was released from Denver's Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Saturday, Aug. 30.

Vincent BrownAug 30 09:22p

San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Saturday, Aug. 30.

Steve BeauharnaisAug 30 09:02p

New England Patriots LB Steve Beauharnais (undisclosed) was placed on no-recall waivers after reaching an injury settlement Saturday, Aug. 30.

Andrew TillerAug 30 08:52p

Green Bay Packers OG Andrew Tiller (calf) and LB Joseph Thomas (knee) were placed on no-recall waivers after being released from Green Bay's Reserve/Injured list with injury settlements Saturday, Aug. 30.

Rajion NealAug 30 08:42p

Green Bay Packers RB Rajion Neal (knee) was placed on no-recall waivers after being released from Green Bay's Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Saturday, Aug. 30.

Shaun ChapasAug 30 07:52p

Baltimore Ravens RB Shaun Chapas (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group