ALAMEDA – The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders with a hand laceration.
Gabbert injured himself on a defender’s facemask, which put him on the shelf. The team announced Monday that Chad Henne would start in Gabbert’s place. The sixth-year veteran has had mixed results over his career, which includes 37 starts and a career 74.9 passer rating. He started six games for the Jaguars last season.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen heard the news just before Monday’s press conference, and said it won’t alter the Raiders approach to Sunday’s home opener.
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“We’ll take a look at their offense and what they’re trying to do systematically,” Allen said. “But I don’t think it’s going to change the way we go about playing the game.”
Gabbert was supposed to start despite a dismal opening game in a 28-2 loss to Kansas City and lingering thumb issues.
The Raiders have recent experience with Henne. Gabbert got hurt when the teams met last season, a game the Raiders won 26-23. Henne stepped in and struggled, completing just 9-of-20 passes for 71 yards. He was sacked three times in that game.