David Garrard is out, Blaine Gabbert is in and Todd Bouman is once again off the tractor.
Jacksonville’s quarterback situation got scrambled a bit Tuesday when coach Jack Del Rio ruled Garrard out of Thursday’s exhibition opener at New England.
Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in April’s NFL draft out of Missouri, will start against the Patriots. Gabbert and third-stringer Luke McCown will share snaps, but Bouman also will be available.
The Jaguars signed Bouman, 39, making this his seventh stint with the franchise in the past five years. In 2010, Bouman was sitting on a tractor helping his father harvest corn in Minnesota when the Jaguars called.
“We actually made a call to the tractor again and Todd will be joining us this evening,” Del Rio said. “Pulled him off the tractor once again. He’s a great guy, and we think he’s a good veteran player. He’ll be able to come in and pick up and help us perform throughout the preseason, and we’ll see from there.”
Garrard tweaked his back during practice Thursday and hasn’t done anything on the field since.
GAME-DAY DRUG TESTS
The NFL is adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances – but not recreational drugs – this season under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of law and labor policy, said tests weren’t conducted in the past on game days “because of logistical issues involved, much more so than any philosophical issues.”
Birch, who oversees the NFL’s drug program, added that the league had developed a way to test that “is not overly disruptive to the clubs and that respects the game-day process.”
A.R. IMITATES A.I.
Asked about a sloppy showing by the Green Bay offense the night before, quarterback Aaron Rodgers channeled his inner Allen Iverson.
“Practice?” Rodgers said in a deadpanned tribute to the NBA star’s oft-imitated rant. “We’re talking about practice? Not talking about the game, talking about practice, right?”
Rodgers acknowledged that the offense made too many mistakes Monday night, but didn’t see any sense in dwelling on it.
L.A. STADIUM PLAN
The plan to build a $1.2 billion NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles took a leap forward when the City Council approved the overall framework for financing the project.
On a 12-0 vote, the council voted for a nonbinding agreement with stadium developer Anschutz Entertainment Group that allows for the demolition and relocation of a section of the Los Angeles Convention Center. That would make room for a 72,000-seat stadium just south of Staples Center, which would open in 2016.
The Texans will donate the proceeds from the game-day auction Aug. 15 to support the three Berry children, ages 9, 8 and 6, who were orphaned and seriously injured in a car accident last month. … Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton from TCU will start the Bengals’ exhibition opener Friday in Detroit. … Linebacker Channing Crowder retired, less than two weeks after being cut by the Dolphins. … The Jets held receiver Plaxico Burress out of practice as he recovers from an ankle injury. … Jason Ensign, a Chiefs fan who was arrested in 2009 at a game in San Diego after flipping off the crowd, was subject to the NFL code of conduct but did not commit a crime, a San Diego judge ruled.