Blaine Gabbert injury: Jaguars QB 'on schedule' for Week 1 vs. Chiefs

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on schedule to start Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been without starting quarterback since he broke his thumb on his throwing hand against the New York Jets in Week 2 of the preseason. Gabbert's missing the remainder of the preseason, but it appears he's on track to start Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm being very careful with what we're doing and how we're doing it and what I'm wearing on it," Gabbert told Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union. "I just can't have any setbacks from here on out."

Even if Gabbert is ready for Week 1 against the Chiefs he knows he's going to have to be playing through pain and could struggle gripping the football.

"Of course it's going to be painful but at the same time, you're always playing with things, nicks, bumps, dings and bruises," Gabbert told the Times-Union. "I'll have to manage it."

For all the flak Gabbert has taken about being soft, playing through injury isn't something new to him. He played through a foot injury his rookie year, busted ribs, and with a torn labrum last season before finally need surgery.

The team is being extremely cautious with injuries this season, but it appears Gabbert is on the fast-track.

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