Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas might require surgery on his finger according to their General Manager Dave Caldwell.
The tight end is expected to have surgery on his fingers which he injured during the Jaguars’ first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter, but he is receiving a second opinion on the matter first before going ahead with surgery.
Caldwell said on the possible need of surgery according to NFL.com: "My understanding is that if he does need it, it only pushes him back a couple of weeks in terms of his return time,
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"He was going to be 50-50 for the opener. We would hope if everything went well it should be four weeks from the surgery where he'd be back to full strength.
"He had a follow-up appointment today and just had some discomfort in there and they re-did some tests and it showed some loosening of the ligament. He could probably play with it, but if we let it go and it's still loose, then we're at Week four or five in the season and he needs surgery. It would be us being aggressive. ... Our most realistic case is he has surgery and he's back for Indy."
When Thomas suffered his stable fracture injury against the Steelers, he was ruled out for the remainder of the preseason and the team thought he could be ready for week one against the Carolina Panthers.
The former Broncos tight end signed for the Jaguars this offseason on a five-year, $46 million contract. His possible absence though means quarterback Blake Bortles could lose one of his top attacking options for the season ahead.
Although this looks bad for the Jaguars, they may be better off forcing Thomas to have surgery so that he isn’t out for a longer period of time in the future. They’ve made him the highest paid tight end in the league and will want to see consistent return on that value as soon as possible.