Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert who sustained a hairline fracture in his right (throwing) thumb 10 days ago said today he’s “still on schedule” to be able to play against Kansas City Sept. 8.

Gabbert hasn’t practiced or even gripped a football since he was injured against the New York Jets Aug. 17. He has worn a splint on the thumb and has been on the practice field each day as a spectator.

The next step for Gabbert is gripping the football.

“We’ll know more tomorrow and in the next couple days” he said in the Jaguars locker room. “It’s coming up quick.”

Gabbert will have to play with pain if he’s able to start against the Chiefs.

“Of course it’s going to be painful but at the same time you’re always playing with things nicks bumps dings and bruises” he said. “I’ll have to manage it.”