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Report: Blaine Gabbert could be out for extended period of time

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

We might not see Blaine Gabbert for a while. (USATSI)
We might not see Blaine Gabbert for a while. (USATSI)

After the Jaguars traded their left tackle to the Ravens last week and then lost their new left tackle to a season-ending injury, it now appears as though the team won't have their starting quarterback for a while either.

That's because Blaine Gabbert injured his hamstring Sunday and might be out “for an extended period of time,” according to NFL.com.

That, of course, wouldn't be ideal. But then again, neither Gabbert -- whose hamstring reportedly made an audible pop when he injured it --nor backup Chad Henne have been effective this season. Still, without Gabbert around, that means the team would be one step closer to having to use No. 3 quarterback Ricky Stanzi (or, I suppose, everybody's favorite offensive weapon, Denard Robinson).

Either way, Gabbert had to leave his team's loss to the Rams Sunday in the third quarter with that hamstring injury, following his 9-for-19, 181-yard, one-touchdown, two-interception performance. This is the second time Gabbert will have to miss games this season. The first came after he sustained a deep cut on his hand that kept him out of the next two contests.

"We just need the consistency of making good decisions," coach Gus Bradley said after Sunday's loss, via ESPN.com. "We just have to continue to train. The challenge is for our guys to play with some freedom. We have to find that balance, where we are making good decisions, but yet we have freedom to make plays."

The good news for Gabbert: Bradley said that he still remains the team's No. 1 quarterback (this could likely change if Henne plays well in Gabbert's absence, but, if the past is any indication, the chances of that aren't great). Plus, the team's top receiver, Justin Blackmon, is back from his four-game suspension and had a standout performance vs. St. Louis, catching five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

So, for now we wait and pray that the Broncos PR staff has something to say about this matter on Twitter.

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