Julius Thomas catching passes as recovery continues

Julius Thomas is getting closer.

The Jaguars tight end -- who has yet to play a snap this season after suffering a hand injury in the team's preseason opener -- will catch passes in practice on Wednesday, his first activity of that nature since undergoing finger surgery early last month.

Thomas has yet to be cleared for a full return, but practicing with teammates is a definite step forward. Thomas did not paint an especially optimistic picture about playing on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

"I don't know. I'm still limited," he said, per The Florida Times-Union. "I'm definitely going to be able to do all of the things I want to do. I don't know if (playing) is going to be an option yet."

Thomas underwent finger surgery on Sept. 1 with the initial timetable for a return in one month. He said last week he hadn't had any setback and believed he was close to getting cleared.

Thomas left the Broncos to sign a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in March. He had 24 touchdown receptions in his final two years in Denver, the most of any tight end in football.

The 1-3 Jaguars are 31st in scoring through four weeks, averaging just 15.5 points per game.

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