Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is expected need surgery to repair a tendon in his finger and could miss four to five weeks of action as a result. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thomas’ injury on Twitter.
Thomas was drafted by the Denver Broncos out of Portland State in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and posted 109 receptions for 1,282 yards and 24 touchdowns across three seasons with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning throwing him the ball, making two Pro Bowls along the way. In March, Jacksonville signed him to a five-year, $46 million contract that included $24 million in guaranteed money.
Thomas initially fractured the finger earlier in the preseason, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley insisted that he would be ready for Week 1. Instead, Thomas is now likely going to be out, leaving second-year quarterback Blake Bortles without one of his potential top receiving targets. In Thomas’ absence, Jacksonville’s receiving corps is practically held together with scotch tape, with guys like Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson and second-year man Marqise Lee offering little but unpredictability.
Tight end would likely be held down by Clay Harbor and veteran Marcedes Lewis during Thomas’ recovery.
Hopefully, Thomas is able to get better quickly and get back on the field soon so that he can help bring Jacksonville forward and out of being perennial cellar-dwellers.
The Jaguars open the season at home against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on September 13.
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