Blaine Gabbert has a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Dr. James Andrews – yes, that James Andrews – will take a look today and make the call on how the 2nd year QB should proceed.
One NFL player (Ed Reed) is currently playing through the injury; another, Chris Gamble, just had his season ended due to the injury.
Based on the early returns of Chad Henne’s performance against the Raiders, losing Gabbert – who is not exactly playing like an All-Pro – would be brutal for the 1-5 Jaguars, who have the NFL’s worst offense (league-low 88 points scored).
This sets up an interesting race for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft between the Browns, Chiefs, and Jaguars. All three probably are in need of a QB, even though Brandon Weeden has been improving in Cleveland, and Gabbert hasn’t played enough for the team to decide whether to dump him or not.
The bigger question: Who are the three teams targeting? West Virginia’s Geno Smith looked dynamite early, but has cooled off in recent weeks; USC’s Matt Barkley has done the opposite. Tyler Wilson has been hurt, Tyler Bray is not in the discussion, and Logan Thomas/EJ Manuel aren’t, either.
Clearly, there’s no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this draft.