Jaguars news roundup 8/28

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars news around the internet you may have missed.

After Thursday's game, Blackmon gets ready to begin suspension | jacksonville.com
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has had several months to process the four-game suspension he will serve to begin the regular season, a result of violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.But the reality of his ban, which was handed down on April 30, has crystalized this week.Blackmon participated in his last practice Tuesday until Sept. 30, and when he plays Thursday at Atlanta, it will be his last game until Oct. 6 at St. Louis.Instead of starting opposite Cecil Shorts at receiver, Blackmon will be a spectator.

Blaine Gabbert: I'd have to play Jaguars' opener in pain - NFL.com
Blaine Gabbert acknowledged he'd have to play Week 1 through the pain of a hairline fracture of his thumb. The Jacksonville Jaguars QB concedes he cannot suffer any setbacks between now and Sept. 8. "We'll know more tomorrow and in the next couple days," Gabbert said Tuesday, according to The Florida Times-Union. "It's coming up quick." Gabbert says he's "still on schedule," though he acknowledged he'll have play through pain if he's on the field in Week 1.

Jaguars claim Ricky Stanzi off waivers | ProFootballTalk
All offseason, the Jaguars have been quick to claim players waived by better teams. There's no indication that's slowing down anytime soon. The Jaguars announced they had claimed former Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi and former Seahawks linebacker Kyle Knox off waivers.

Inside the Jaguars: Brief tuneup for Henne, starters
Chad Henne will get one more tuneup, brief though it will be. Henne, who on Thursday will start at quarterback in the Jaguars’ 2013 preseason finale in Atlanta, said there is plenty to be gained from even a short preseason stint. And that’s just what the stint will be: Short. Henne, starting in place of injured Blaine Gabbert (sprained right thumb), is expected to play about 10-to-15 plays against Atlanta, with Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley saying Tuesday that’s about how long many of the team’s starters will play Thursday.

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