Julius Thomas could have surgery and miss 4-5 weeks, reports Adam Schefter


The Jaguars might have been trying to bury the lead today when they traded away franchise-great placekicker Josh Scobee, because the team also came out today and reported that Julius Thomas‘ hand injury might be more serious than they expected. According to Adam Schefter, Thomas might need surgery and will miss the start of the regular season if he gets it.

As Schefter points out, the team is looking for a second opinion to see if Thomas will need the surgery.

Suffice to say, this is not ideal for the Jaguars. The offense has looked good in his absence, but the team would obviously prefer to have their prized free agent acquisition on the field and helping Blake Bortles make the leap in his second season. Early in training camp and in the team’s scrimmage, Bortles and Thomas seemed to have developed a fairly good rapport for only have worked together a short time. Even when Thomas does get back on the field, he’ll likely need some time to get back on the same page as Bortles and into the groove of the offense.

Thomas dealt with lingering injuries last season, but this finger injury occurred on a rather freakish play on his first preseason reception. It continued an odd trend of both hand injuries (T.J. Yeldon and Johnathan Cyprien) and injuries to players in their first time playing with the team (Dante Fowler Jr.).

We’ll know more about the surgery on Tuesday and how long Thomas will be out, but we can at least take solace with the prognostication as it doesn’t look like it’s going to go past the third or fourth week of the regular season. This injury probably has more fantasy football implications than actual football implications. For now, Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor are going to have to step up and try to make up for Thomas’ lost production.

Next: Scobee traded to Steelers

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