David Garrard left the practice field with an apparent injury on Friday. Naturally the first question asked around mid-Missouri has to be, could Blaine Gabbert be starting sooner rather than later in north Florida?
The short answer: probably not. In a quote to the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio sounded minimally concerned about his starter missing regular season action.
“David’s back got a little tight, so we’re just icing him down,” Jags head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’ll get treatment and all that. But he should be fine, so nothing major there. He came to me after the first team period, then to [head athletic trainer] Mike Ryan, and said it was getting tight. It’s not the time to push through that kind of thing, so just let it settle down.”
Garrard will have an MRI tomorrow, and the Jaguars called his status day-to-day. Not to say that Gabbert can’t push the veteran for a starting spot eventually; Pete Prisco of CBS Sports saw Gabbert in training camp and believes Gabbert has the tools to be a “top-10 guy.” When Garrard went down, “Gabbert stepped in as if it were his team.”
Early predictions had Gabbert playing a year behind Garrard and starting next year, after Jacksonville traded-up to get him. Could all this spur the development of a possible quarterback controversy for the Jags?
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