another opportunity to learn
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Malik Jefferson Bengals Jersey . -- The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward Matt Duchene for at least a week with an oblique injury. Duchene was hurt in the third period against Florida on Saturday. He is the teams leading scorer with 12 goals and eight assists. The squad recently placed forward Alex Tanguay on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 2, and recalled forward Brad Malone from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Colorado coach Patrick Roy said after practice on Monday that "when you lose Duchene and Tanguay, it creates a hole. You dont replace guys like this. At the same time, its an opportunity for others." The Avalanche have cooled off since a franchise-best 14-2 start. Theyve dropped three straight heading into a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Sam Hubbard Jersey . They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared "to return to normal basketball activity," a decision made three days after he was concussed in Game 2 of the Indiana-Miami series. Jessie Bates III Bengals Jersey .That sight softened the blow of what ended up as a 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.Knowing their teammate was fine after a scary headfirst fall in the opening minute of the game helped calm the Maple Leafs.JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars want and need to see more of quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Coach Gus Bradley named Gabbert the starter Thursday, two days before the Jaguars face the New York Jets in their second preseason game. Gabbert played the first four series in the teams exhibition opener against Miami, completing 5 of 10 passes for 19 yards. He had two passes dropped and another one go off a fullbacks hands for an interception. "We feel like he needs the reps right now considering he missed six games last year at the end," Bradley said, referring to the forearm injury that ended Gabberts 2012 season. "He got 17 snaps in the opener, and we just felt like wed like to increase it this week and get a better chance to evaluate where hes at." Chad Henne, whos competing with Gabbert for the starting job, also will see playing time with the first-team offence. Henne got some work with the starters against the Dolphins, completing 8 of 11 passes for 87 yards. Both quarterbacks should benefit from the return of three starters. The Jaguars will have centre Brad Meester, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and receiver Justin Blackmon back on the field against the Jets. "Its going to be a big difference having those guys back," Gabbert said. "Theyre anxious and ready to play. ... It will be the old crew back there playing ball." The Jaguars will, however, be without receiver Cecil Shorts III (calf) and rookie right tackle Luke Joeckel (hip). Bradley has rotated both quarterbacks throughout training camp, giving Gabbert and Henne plenty of work with the starters while trying to figure out who will win the job. Many believe it will be Gabbert, whos younger, more mobile and coming off consecutive seasons in which Jacksonville had issues around him. Gabbert had no off-season as a rookie because of the NFL lockout, was thrown into thee starting lineup in Week 3 and played with one of the worst receiving corps in the league. Cordy Glenn Jersey. . He was expected to show significant improvement last year, but he played behind a patchwork offensive line and with two young receivers in Shorts and Blackmon. Jacksonville also lost Jones-Drew to a season-ending foot injury in October. So Bradley and new general manager Dave Caldwell believe its difficult to truly evaluate Gabberts viability as an NFL starter. "I know that conventional wisdom tells us that, Hey, we start one and the other one starts," Bradley said. "But theres a lot of things that we do that arent conventional. I know maybe some of you felt that way. But to us it made sense in our evaluation process. "We just looked at the whole thing and said, OK, he had 17 reps, didnt play the last six games of the season and we just need to get more looks at him. Knowing our situation, we just took that approach. This isnt any determining factor. Were just still figuring the whole thing out." Gabbert was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft. The former Missouri standout has completed 54 per cent of his passes for 3,876 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, in two seasons. He is 5-19 as a starter. "Im just looking at it as another opportunity to go out there and prove to the coaches and prove to the guys on the team that Im the right guy for the position," Gabbert said. "But its also another opportunity to learn our offence, another chance to go against a different defence and perfect the things weve been working on all week." Henne handled the news well, saying he understands Bradleys plan. "Weve been splitting the reps in practice again," Henne said. "Nothings really changed. And for me, its just take full advantage of what I have and show them what I can do on the field."