Jaguars quarterback David Garrard would like to be on the field Thursday in New England for the Jaguars first preseason game, but he isn't going to risk aggravating his back injury further.
"I want to be ready tomorrow," Garrard told me this morning. "I can't try to force myself out there and set myself back again."
In the likely event Garrard doesn't start, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start against the New England Patriots. Typically the first exhibition game features first-team offenses and defenses for a short amount of time.