Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s season is over.
The Jaguars announced today that Gabbert, who is dealing with injuries to both his right forearm and his left shoulder, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Receiver Laurent Robinson has also been shut down for the season with a concussion.
The Jaguars aren’t going anywhere this season, but losing Gabbert is a major blow because it deprives the team’s management of six more weeks with which to evaluate him and determine whether he is, in fact, their franchise quarterback of the future. The fact that the Jaguars’ offense was energized when Gabbert left Sunday’s game and was replaced by Chad Henne does not speak well for Gabbert, although he was showing some signs of development this season, with his completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating all up from his rough rookie year.
Robinson had played in seven games this season, starting four, and caught 24 passes for 252 yards.
With the two open spots on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and receiver Carlton Mitchell.