Blake Bortles enters game for injured Cody Kessler

Kessler went down midway through the 2nd quarter with a shoulder injury

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Blake Bortles has entered the game for the Jaguars at quarterback after starter Cody Kessler left the game with a shoulder injury.

The injury happened in the second quarter on an incomplete pass downfield to tight end Blake Bell.  After the throw, Kessler was hit by the Dolphins Robert Quinn, landing on his shoulder.  Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone called time out to allow Bortles to warm up and to evaluate Kessler.  


Cody Kessler did return in the 3rd quarter but was ineffective, leading the offense to just 58 total yards in 8 possessions since their opening drive for a touchdown.  

Bortles has re-entered the game at the end of the 3rd quarter and had a 10-yard run on his first play from scrimmage, and led the Jaguars on a field goal drive that gave Jacksonville a 10-7 lead. Telvin Smith's interception return for a touchdown sealed the 17-7 win. 

After the game, Marrone said that th wasn't ready to name a starter for next week's season finale.

"I'm not ready to answer a question of who's going to be the quarterback moving forward," Marrone said. "The reason why he was taken out of the game is because I didn't think we could protect him back
there and I thought we could get some juice with Blake going in there running the zone read, which
we did."

Bortles finished the game five of six passing for 39 yards and ran for 25 yards.

"It’s awesome," Bortles said of the win. "To fight and to play with a passion that these dudes play with at 4-11 or whatever we were going into this game, it’s incredible. It’s fun to be a part of and it’s fun to watch."