What Does Blaine Gabbert's Injury Mean for Future of the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07:  Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass during the game against the Chicago Bears at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Given the latest news regarding Blaine Gabbert's injury, the Jacksonville Jaguars have just taken a leap to the front of the line for Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft.

ESPN.com's news service reports:

The preliminary results of the MRI performed on Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert indicate he suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

A determination about his availability for Sunday's game in Green Bay won't be made until after famed specialist Dr. James Andrews offers a second opinion later Tuesday.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble was recently placed on injured reserve after he suffered the same injury, ending his season (h/t AP). While Gabbert's injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, I'll be shocked if he isn't headed for the same fate. 

The sad truth about Gabbert, though, is that he is never going to be "the guy" for the Jaguars franchise. The team's fans have never been thrilled with him, and Gabbert hasn't done anything to inspire them to change their minds. 

In his short career with this team, Gabbert has been underwhelming, completing just 52 percent of his passes, throwing 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 21 games and averaging less than 150 yards per contest. 

Furthermore, this team isn't going to win many games this season, with or without Gabbert.

The Jaguars will be fighting with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. And if this team continues to find ways to lose as it did in Oakland in Week 7, it has a good shot at winning the "Blow for Geno" campaign. 

Gabbert may not be finished as a pro, but the Jaguars need to start planning for the future. It's time to start scouting Smith, Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson because the Gabbert era has come to an end in Jacksonville before it ever got started. 


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