Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley confirmed the diagnosis of a “stable fracture” in Thomas’s left hand after Jacksonville’s 23–21 win in the preseason opener at Everbank Field. Thomas, entering his first year with the team after signing a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in March, is expected to return for Week 1 of the regular season. Jacksonville opens its schedule at home against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 13.
Thomas left Friday’s game in the first quarter and did not return. He caught the only pass thrown his way for 2 yards.
Now the league’s highest-paid tight end, Thomas is expected to be one of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles’s top targets. Bortles finished 11 of 15 for 118 yards.
- Mike Fiammetta