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Report: Julius Thomas fractured finger against Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Julius Thomas catches a pass from Blake Bortles (5) during an NFL football scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida times-Union via AP)


Tight end Julius Thomas’s first game with the Jaguars ended early on Friday night.

Thomas left the team’s game against the Steelers after making one catch for two yards with what the team called a left hand injury. Ian Rapoport of NFL media reported that the injury is a fractured finger and that the team hopes it will have a minimal impact on Thomas’s play.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union quotes a source who says it is a “small fracture” and that the team hopes to know more about his status after further evaluation on Saturday.

The Jaguars had success moving the ball through the air after Thomas’s injury with Blake Bortles completing 11-of-15 passes for 118 yards overall. The caveat is that most of that work came after the Steelers started moving reserves into the game during the first half, but there were positives for the Jaguars despite the injury to their biggest offensive addition of the offseason.