Jaguars confirm Blaine Gabbert is starting against Chiefs

AP

Word early Sunday morning was that Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s right thumb had healed enough for him to play against the Chiefs in Week One.

The Jaguars confirmed it about 90 minutes before their season kicked off when they announced that Gabbert would indeed be the starting quarterback. Chad Henne will back him up and Ricky Stanzi will likely wind up on the inactive list with the two quarterbacks who battled for the starting job this summer both healthy enough to play.

Mark Long of the Associated Press reports that Gabbert was throwing passes without any wrap on his thumb during warmups, which was a pretty good indication that things were heading this direction before the Jaguars made things official.

Sunday’s game will be the 25th start of Gabbert’s career and the start of a big season for him in Jacksonville. With a new G.M. and coach setting the direction for the franchise, Gabbert will have to show improvement over the first 24 starts to remain part of the plan with the Jaguars into the future.