Jags hopeful Julius Thomas will be ready for Week 1, Bradley says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is likely to miss the rest of the preseason after suffering a broken hand in the team's 23-21 preseason win against Pittsburgh on Friday night, head coach Gus Bradley said.

Bradley said Thomas has a "stable fracture" in the back of his hand. The Jaguars initially identified the injury as a broken left hand, but later amended that to a fracture in the right hand.

"The good news is it's quick healing," Bradley said. "The tough thing is he's going to be out probably the rest of the preseason. Hopefully, if everything works out right, he'll be back ready for the first game."

Thomas was hit hard and flipped after catching a 2-yard pass from Blake Bortles on the Jaguars' second offensive snap. He left the field and immediately went to the locker room.

The Jaguars signed Thomas to a five-year, $46 million contract, including $24 million guaranteed, in March to give Bortles a reliable target, especially in the red zone.

Thomas caught 108 passes for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns the last two seasons in Denver. Only Jimmy Graham (26) had more touchdowns among tight ends the last two seasons.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.