We’ve officially reached the stage of the Jaguars’ last lost season excuse.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew has several fractures and a sprained ligament in his thumb. According to the report, Minshew withheld the injury from the team, which is another way of saying the team has not disclosed the injury on the various injury reports since the Oct. 11 injury against Houston.
Minshew reportedly informed the team of the injury following Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.
The injury opens the door for the Jaguars to potentially give Mike Glennon a whirlwind when the Jaguars come out of their bye, with a game against the Texans. Then they can return to Minshew when he is healthy.
Leaving aside the question of whether the Jaguars knew or should have known about the injury, and whether and to what extent a team has an obligation to ask a player who is not playing well if he is hiding an injury, the news underscores the reality that, after a promising victory over the Colts in Week 1, Jacksonville’s season has gone badly.
He can continue to go awry. After a Week 10 game against the Texans, seven of the Jaguars’ last eight games will be played against playoff contenders.
Which puts the Jaguars squarely in the mix for Trevor Lawrence, whether or not they try to find their way around.