JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars game is approaching and the Jaguars quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, may not play in the regular-season opener.
A thumb injury has kept Gabbert from playing in the last two preseason games. According to a Jacksonville Jaguars news release Head Coach Gus Bradley said Friday afternoon, Gabbert remains uncertain for the regular-season opener.
The decision if Gabbert plays or not may come up to Sunday's pre-game warm-ups, Bradley said. If Gabbert doesn't start he likely will be made inactive, Bradley said.
"He did a little better job than yesterday," Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars prepared to play the Kansas City Chiefs at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "We're encouraged with what we saw from Blaine. He took steps in the right direction. It may go up until Sunday, pre-game, when we get a chance to see him. It's important to see how he comes out the next couple of days."
Gabbert said he was encouraged that he had been able to progress each day, and said the next 48 hours "are big," the release detailed.
The doctors are pleased with Gabbert's progress and said Thursday that playing the game on Sunday wouldn't put him at further risk.
The release also said that Tight End Marcedes Lewis will not play Sunday after missing two consecutive practices.
"You work so hard to get to this point," Lewis said. "It's something that happened during camp. We tried to be smart about it. We rehabbed me back. I was feeling great, had a great practice Monday and I was running great. I felt good. Wednesday, we're in individual (drills) and I pulled up again."
Lewis said in the release that his calf feels further ahead this week than it did when he injured it during the preseason.
"Hopefully, I can get back as fast as possible," Lewis said. "I feel terrible about it. Regardless of whether it's out of my control, I feel like I'm letting my team down. They count on me so much. I beat myself up about it for a couple of days. I talked to Gus about it. I talked to (General Manager) David Caldwell about it. I feel a lot better about it, but I'm a competitor. I always have been. It sucks I'm going to miss the opener. I've never done this before."
Bradley said, "If there's any bright side to this injury it's that it happened early, and we got a chance to get those three guys in early and get a lot of reps with them."
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