Blaine Gabbert Injury: Updates on Jaguars QB's Hand, Likely Return Date

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled mightily in his team's 2013 season-opening 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and was held out for Weeks 2 and 3 with a lacerated hand.

The Jags' official Twitter account broke the news on Monday, Sept. 9:

Blaine Gabbert will not play this week due to laceration on his hand. #Jaguars

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) September 9, 2013

A return date has yet to be established for Gabbert after this latest setback, which required 15 stitches, per the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran:

Gabbert 15 stitches on hand.

— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) September 8, 2013

Mark Long of the Associated Press was first to note that the team feared Gabbert could suffer an infection:

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert sliced his right hand on a defender's facemask and is missing some skin. Fear of infection the top concern

— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 9, 2013

He is active for Week 4.