Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Team More Optimistic Gabbert Will Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Team More Optimistic Gabbert Will Play

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

It appears Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert won't have to wait an extra week to help atone for the team's blowout loss to Houston.

Gabbert was held out of the final possession because of a glute muscle injury, but two-plus days of recovery time have him and coach Mike Mularkey optimistic about his availability for Sunday's game at Indianapolis.

Gabbert went through the full practice on Wednesday.

"It's good," he said before the workout. "I'm just staying on top of it, managing it and it's getting better. I'm just worried about it getting better, getting out on the practice field, getting the reps and being prepared for Sunday."

Also before practice, Mularkey said: "We'll just start out gradually and see how he responds. ... He'll go if we let him. I just want to make sure. I want to be smart with him."

Gabbert, who hasn't missed any of his 16 NFL starts because of injury, had career lows in completions (seven) and passing yards (53) in the 27-7 loss to Houston. He was emphatic when asked if reviewing the Texans tape was beneficial.

"You have to look at it," he said. "It's a learning experience. You don't want to have many bad days like that. You have to learn from it, look at it, diagnose all of the problems, see where the errors were made, move on and get better."

The Jaguars are planning for contingencies if Gabbert suffers a setback or doesn't progress enough to play. Chad Henne would start, but a quarterback would likely be added to the 53-man roster.

John Parker Wilson is the practice squad quarterback.

"He was in this offense for two years in Atlanta so he knows it pretty well - that's why we brought him in here," Mularkey said.

Mularkey added that Jordan Palmer, released after the preseason, would "definitely" be another option.

MOVING ON TO INDY

The Jaguars' two losses have been opposite ends of the spectrum - the overtime loss to Minnesota in which they blew a late lead and the fiasco against Houston in which they were never in the game.

Through a half-day of preparation, Mularkey liked the Jaguars' approach.

"If I learned one thing from [former Steelers] coach [Chuck] Noll, it was that when things don't go exactly right, it's not time to change things, it's time to do things better," Mularkey said. …

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