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The Jaguars' quarterback situation is in a state of flux. The team's first two quarterbacks, David Garrard and Trent Edwards, are ailing and didn't practice Wednesday.



That means Todd Bouman, who hasn't thrown a pass in a regular-season NFL game since 2005, may be thrust into the starting lineup for the Jaguars in Kansas City on Sunday. Garrard was at home Wednesday suffering from a concussion, while Edwards was wearing a splint on his badly sprained right thumb and rode a stationary bike at practice.

Bouman, in his second stint with the Jaguars this year and fifth overall even though he's yet to throw a pass in a regular-season game for them, ran the first team in practice while veteran Patrick Ramsey, who also was signed Tuesday, ran the scout team.

Both Garrard and Edwards were injured in the second quarter of Monday night's 30-3 loss to the Titans.

The doctors wouldn't let Garrard return, while Edwards played the second half even though his thumb was ailing after he hit the helmet of a Tennessee player.

Coach Jack Del Rio said he hopes the quarterbacks will be ready, but he's preparing a contingency plan if they're not.

If Bouman starts, he would be the first quarterback to start the week he was signed off the street since Daunte Culpepper started for Detroit in 2008 against Jacksonville. His second pass was intercepted, and he completed five of 10 for 104 yards before he was pulled. The Jaguars won 38-14.

The Jaguars hope the fact that Garrard hasn't suffered a concussion since his freshman year in college will make it easier for him to return. On the other hand, they have a short week after a Monday night game, so Garrard won't have as much time to recover as he would have had after a Sunday game.

Garrard will get a baseline test Friday, which will give the team a better indication of whether he's able to play.

Luke McCown, the original backup who is on injured reserve with a torn ACL, said that Garrard said after suffering the concussion, "I just don't feel like my thoughts are coming together quickly."

McCown added, "I know he wanted to play, but at that point it's an issue of safety, first and foremost."

If Garrard can't go, either Edwards or Bouman would get the call.


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