GABBERT STILL LIKELY TO PLAY
Blaine Gabbert's practice schedule this week remains a bit uncertain.
But the second-year quarterback practiced full on Wednesday, and Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said he expects Gabbert to be able to play when the Jaguars play the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday.
Gabbert sustained a glute (butt muscle) injury in a loss to the Houston Texans Sunday.
Mularkey had earlier in the day said he planned to let Gabbert participate in early in individual drills Wednesday "just to see where he's at," then determine how much he could practice thereafter.
"I'm going to let him be the judge," Mularkey said. "Then I'll make my own judgment. He'll go if we let him. I just want to make sure, just like he did in the game – he kept playing and I want to be smart with him."
Gabbert said when it comes to his injury, he's "just staying on top of it, managing it and just getting better."
"Coach Mularkey deals with all that so I'm just worried about getting better, being out there on the practice field, getting all the reps this week and being prepared going into Sunday," Gabbert said.
Mularkey said while left guard Eben Britton (ankle) is a bit ahead of right tackle Cameron Bradfield (ankle), each had a chance to work on a limited basis this week. He said neither has been ruled out for Sunday, and that running back Rashad Jennings (knee) also had a chance to play.
Neither Britton, Bradfield nor Jennings participated in practice Wednesday.
Cornerback Derek Cox (limited) worked in practice more than he had since sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 1, but linebacker Daryl Smith likely won't play Sunday, Mularkey said.
"I'd say he's out this week," Mularkey said of Smith. "We are aggressively rehabbing him. I couldn't give you a time frame."
The Jaguars on Wednesday signed tight end Maurice Stovall and released tight end Stephen Spach.
Stovall, a third-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay from Notre Dame, has caught 52 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns six NFL seasons. He began his NFL career as a wide receiver before moving to tight end and played 15 games for Detroit last season.
Spach signed with the Jaguars early last week.
The Jaguars also signed rookie offensive guard Austin Pasztor to the practice squad. Pasztor (6-feet-7, 308 pounds) was waived by Minnesota on August 31.
While Gabbert participated full Wednesday, Bradfield, Britton, Jennings and Smith did not. Cox and defensive end Austen Lane (foot) were limited, and defensive end George Selvie (knee) did not practice.
"I stated to the team this morning, like I did on Monday, that we were staying the course. We've got a good challenge for us ahead. So far this morning the players and coaches have approached the day very well, extremely well, with their attention to detail in the game plan. I'm pretty adamant about staying the course."
"You have to look at it (tape from Sunday's loss). It's a learning experience and you want to try and minimize those days. You don't want to have many bad days like that, so you have to learn from it, see kind of what happened, diagnose all the problems, see where the errors were made and move on and get better. A lot of our errors were mental mistakes pre-snap, and we'll correct those this week in practice and move on."
"I don't think it's pressure at all. I just think we have to execute a little bit better. We had some runs where we had some holes and either I missed them or those guys made plays, so we've just got to continue to work on what we do best and I think we're going to do that this week."
The Jaguars will practice Thursday without pads, then do so again Friday before playing the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday.
New week, same theme. The Jaguars began preparations for the Colts Wednesday, and as has been the case for the last several weeks, tackling remained a pressing issue. Mularkey said the defense continues to need to work on tackling angles, and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny agreed. The Jaguars rank No. 31 against the run after two weeks, a statistic that not only has led to the Vikings and Texans rushing for a combined 329 yards and five touchdowns in two games, it has kept Jaguars opponents out of passing situations and helped limit the Jaguars to two sacks. After two games, the Jaguars – who ranked No. 6 in the NFL defensively last season – rank 23rd. That's not a trend Posluszny said will continue. "That's supposed to be the rock of our team and it will be," Posluszny said. "We'll get back to that." The first step to that is tackling better, and with that Posluszny said the Jaguars will return to the level they showed at times a year ago.
- Mularkey said one important thing for the Jaguars this week is to not make changes for the sake of making changes, and to not overanalyze because of an 0-2 start. He used as an example the team's third-down efficiency. The team was strong in that area in preseason and in the regular-season opener, but went 0-for-9 Sunday against Houston. "We were very good on third down the first game, we've been very good on third down since we've been here," Mularkey said. "We feel like we're a good third down team. I feel like we've been a good third down team where we've been the last 10 years. Then all of a sudden, you don't convert one third down and you start 'what the heck.'''
- Mularkey for a second time this week said defensive tackle Tyson Alualu played well Sunday despite the Texans rushing for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries. He said defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who started against Houston after playing in the season opener as a backup, played better in the opener than he did against the Texans. "He played better the first game," Mularkey said of Knighton.
"I'm not saying he played terrible, but he has played better."
- Mularkey also said Lane, out since early in the preseason with a foot injury, was expected to work more in practice this week than he has since the injury. "He's going to work with (defensive line coach) Joe (Cullen) in the individual drills, so he's going to be more active than he has been in weeks," Mularkey said. "We're going to see how he feels when he wakes up tomorrow morning."
- Prior to practice Mularkey said with Gabbert's injury, backup Chad Henne could get more reps in practice, but that the increased reps likely would come naturally based on how much Gabbert can't go. He also said while the team hasn't addressed signing a third quarterback possibilities would include practice squad quarterback John Parker Wilson and Jordan Palmer, who spent the offseason and preseason with the team.