Better Sooner Than Later

The Jaguars found out Sunday they'll need David Garrard back sooner rather than later. With Garrard sidelined with a high-ankle sprain suffered in the 29-7 loss to Indianapolis a week ago Monday night, they were forced to start Quinn Gary against Tampa Bay.

They escaped with a 24-23 victory over the Bucs, but they showed they don't have much confidence in Gray, who spent his entire career as a third-string quarterback before being propelled into the starting job by a series of unlikely circumstances.

First, Byron Leftwich was cut nine days before the season started, which elevated Gray to the backup job and then he became the starter when Garrard was injured.

If the Jaguars had cut Leftwich in February and signed a veteran backup, Gray would have remained the third-teamer and they wouldn't have him as their starter.

But they're stuck with him and they showed they had little confidence in him when they opened the game with 14 consecutive runs on their first two series. They let him throw only 16 times and he completed just seven.

Despite that showing, Gray will get another start in New Orleans Sunday because Garrard won't be ready for at least a week if not longer.

"I think he's likely to start walking around (off his crutches) and moving this week," coach Jack Del Rio said of Garrard.

"The most likely scenario would be to have him possibly return against the Titans (in two weeks). I think it would be very difficult (for him) to make it back this week," Del Rio said.

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