NFL news roundup: Blaine Gabbert to start for Jaguars, Henry Melton lost for the season

Mike Ehrmann

The Jacksonville Jaguars will make another switch at quarterback while the Chicago Bears lost some much-needed production on their offensive line.

Teams roll forward in preparation for Week 4 and the Jacksonville Jaguars are firmly entrenched in player evaluation mode. Injury prompted a switch at quarterback two weeks ago, but Blaine Gabbert's hand has healed the team is making the switch back. Head coach Gus Bradley announced Gabbert would start against the Indianapolis Colts and it's presumed he'll be the starter for the remainder of 2013.

Chad Henne failed to prove he was a significant upgrade over Gabbert in the last two games while the Jaguars continued to stuggle moving the ball. He failed to complete 50 percent of his passes against Seattle en route to a 45.4 rating on Sunday.

Teddy Bridgewater is the prize for a quarterback-needy team selecting first overall and there could be significant competition for the top spot in the 2014 draft.

Henry Melton tears ACL

The Chicago Bears are at the top of the NFC North, but their defensive line took a hit with the news that defensive tackle Henry Melton tore his ACL in the Bears' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Melton has been one of the NFL's top pass-rushing defensive tackles since entering the league in 2010. He has amassed 15.5 sacks and recorded 89 tackles for Chicago, including five this season.

Season-ending injuries are always difficult, but his contract situation accentuates the loss. Melton did not agree to a long-term deal with the Bears, instead electing to take a one-year deal and gamble on free agency in 2014.

RG3 not fully-healthy, according to Pierre Garcon

All is not well in Washington and it begins with the team's franchise quarterback. Robert Griffin III has done everything you'd want to see from a quarterback statistically, but it's clear the second-year player has lost a little of his wow factor since returning from injury.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon spoke with the Washington Post on Monday and said "last year's RGIII was a lot different from this year's RG because of his knee." Neither the Redskins nor Griffin III have discussed how the knee injury that sidelined him this off-season has affected his 2013 season.

Dolphins extend Jeff Ireland's contract

The 2013 season isn't a month old, but Miami Dolphins' brass are sold that general manager Jeff Ireland is the right man for the job. The organization awarded him with a three-year extension as the Dolphins jumped out to a 3-0 start on the season.

Rashad Johnson injury not for the faint of heart

If you don't like reading about gruesome injuries, it's best to leave now.

Cardinals' safety Rashad Johnson had his middle finger severed at some point in Arizona's loss to the New Orleans Saints. It's impossible to tell when the injury happened because Johnson himself didn't realize his finger wasn't intact until he removed his glove post-game and found part of his digit inside.

Doctors were unable to reattach the missing part of the finger, instead shaving down his bone and allowing it to heal.

At least Johnson shares something in common with Ronnie Lott now, which is to say we're trying to find the bright side in this one.

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