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Gabbert appears on track to start Sunday

9/2/2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on pace to start Sunday’s season opener against Kansas City.

Gabbert suffered a hairline fracture of his right thumb in the Jaguars’ third preseason game on Aug. 24 and had not practiced since. He was nearly a full participant in individual drills on Monday. He did not take snaps under center or in the shotgun but did throw. He was wearing a small wrap on his hand.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said last week that Gabbert was to begin gripping a football late in the week and start throwing over the weekend. Bradley is scheduled to speak to the media at 12:50 p.m. and will provide an official update.

Two other starters -- guard Will Rackley (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (allergic reaction) -- did not practice. Running back Justin Forsett, who hasn't practiced since a toe injury during the first live period of training camp, was back on the field and practicing.