Blaine Gabbert has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders, head coach Gus Bradley confirmed Monday, giving veteran Chad Henne the start at quarterback this week for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gabbert suffered a laceration in his throwing hand that required 15 stitches during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gabbert had been dealing with a hairline fracture in the thumb of his throwing hand that kept him out of the Jags' final two games of preseason. He was named the team's starter for the season opener anyway, but struggled mightily. Gabbert threw two interceptions against the Chiefs and finished 16-for-35 passing for 121 yards, which comes out to a paltry 3.5 yards per attempt.
Henne entered the game for the Jaguars on the team's final drive of the fourth quarter. He fared moderately better than Gabbert, going 3-for-6 passing for 36 yards to engineer a 77-yard drive, by far the Jaguars' longest of the day.
That said, few are expecting the Jaguars' offense to significantly improve with Henne under center. He completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,084 yards at 6.77 YPA last season, throwing 11 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.