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Jags: Henne starts, Gabbert on IR

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Chad Henne is going to get a chance in the final six games of this year to become the Jaguars quarterback of the future.

He's getting that chance because Blaine Gabbert's second season as the Jaguars' quarterback came to an abrupt end Wednesday, leaving his future as a starter in Jacksonville up in the air.

In a surprise move, Gabbert was placed on the injured reserve list with what he called a "fairly significant" forearm injury.

Gabbert's injury means that Henne, who was named the starting quarterback by coach Mike Mularkey on Monday after he passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in Houston Sunday, will play the last six games and have a chance to go into next season as the starter.

When Mularkey was asked if Henne can nail down the starting job in these final six games, he said, "I would say when the season was over with, I could probably say yes based on finishing the year that way."

While Gabbert's forearm is healing, he will have surgery on the torn labrum in his left shoulder next Monday. That should be a routine procedure, although Tony Boselli never played again after surgery on his torn labrum didn't go well in 2002.

The Jaguars also placed wide receiver Laurence Robinson on injured reserve with a concussion.

Quarterback Jordan Palmer, the young brother of Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, was signed to Jacksonville's active roster along with wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, a Gainesville native who spent two years with Cleveland.

Fullback Will Ta'uf'ou was signed to the Jaguars' practice squad, while rookie defensive end Ryan Davis was waived from the practice squad.

When asked to describe his forearm injury, Gabbert said, "The doctors were throwing out some big words, but to be honest with you, I don't know. It's not one of the nerves. You have a nerve that runs down your elbow and everything is good with that. It's just damage done in my forearm."

Gabbert visited noted specialist Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., and got the diagnosis.

Gabbert was injured when Danieal Manning of the Texans blitzed and hit Gabbert's arm as he was trying to throw. This caused a fumble.

Mularkey said the combination of the forearm injury and the fact he needs shoulder surgery convinced the Jaguars to put Gabbert on IR.

How Henne plays will determine whether Gabbert will return next year as the backup.

"You can't worry about that," Gabbert said of the possibility of losing the starting job. "There's always going to be competition on any football team at my position in any given season. It's my job to come back and work my tail off like I will and like I have and get my job back."
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