Jacksonville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the streaking Denver Broncos Sunday without five players, including quarterback Blaine Gabbert and tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Coach Gus Bradley announced that Gabbert and Lewis did not practice this week after suffering separate injuries.
Gabbert sustained a strained left hamstring during the third quarter of the Jaguars’ 34-20 loss to St. Louis last week.
Receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion) also will not play.
The starting quarterback has already missed two games this season because of a severe cut on the back of his right hand, and he missed the final two preseason games with a fractured right thumb.
Gabbert has completed 49 percent of his passes for 481 yards and one touchdown. He has thrown seven interceptions, three of which have been returned for touchdowns. His status for next week’s game against San Diego is uncertain.
Chad Henne will make his third start of the season in Gabbert’s place.
For his part, Lewis has been battling a calf injury, which he originally suffered during warm-ups prior to the second preseason game.
He aggravated the injury before the season opener and missed the first three games. He returned to the lineup against Indianapolis on Sept. 29 but lasted just two plays. Bradley said he’s unsure of when Lewis will be able to return.