Jaguars name Gabbert starting QB

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have their third starting quarterback in 15 days. They believe this one could be the guy for 15 years.

Coach Jack Del Rio named Blaine Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the New York Jets. The move comes a little more than a week after Del Rio released veteran starter David Garrard following a poor preseason and a three-interception practice.

Gabbert will make his first start Sunday at Carolina.

The transition was inevitable since the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick in April's draft. Del Rio had hoped to take it slow with the former Missouri standout, even planning to give him a year to watch and learn behind Garrard. But Garrard struggled in the preseason and was outplayed by McCown, a career backup.


Michael Vick took a small step toward returning from a concussion.

Vick took part in a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, but didn't practice in the afternoon. There is a chance he will play against the Giants (1-1) on Sunday.

Vick was injured in Philadelphia's 35-31 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday night, and was forced to leave the game in the second half.

Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick doesn't have "a whole lot of concussion symptoms," and would undergo further testing, including seeing an independent neurologist in the next day or two.


Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says he's hopeful Tony Romo will play in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins.

Garrett said Wednesday that Romo has been getting treatment for a fractured rib and punctured lung and "hopefully he'll be ready" for the game against the Cowboys' NFC East rival.


Peyton Manning was back at Colts practice Wednesday, the second time this week he was seen taking laps around the practice field.

The only four-time MVP in league history is expected to miss at least two months and possibly the entire season after having neck surgery to repair a herniated disk Sept. 8.

This past Monday was the first time he had been seen by reporters at practice since having his third neck surgery in 19 months.

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