Julius Thomas expected back for season opener-- Mon Aug 17 4:00 pm --
Broken hand; out for the rest of the preseason
TE Julius Thomas (hand) and S Johnathan Cyprien (finger) wore balky casts over their right hands while watching practice. Both were injured Friday against Pittsburgh and are out for the preseason.
Dr. Steven Shin, Director of Hand Surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said the area of Thomas’ injury - top of the hand and below the knuckle - will speed up his recovery. Shin said Thomas shouldn’t have to wear any heavy protection on the hand when he returns to the field save for a small pad.(Florida Times Union)
FF Today's Take:Times Union beat writer Ryan O'Halloran called Thomas "the best player on the team, period" in early August, but injuries have dogged the ex-Bronco for most of his NFL career. His fantasy value obviously depends on whether or not he can shed his injury-prone label and whether or not Jacksonville can find the red zone at a much higher rate than it has in recent seasons. His late-seventh round ADP is his ceiling and there is a very good chance he fails to live up to it.
Julius Thomas has "stable fracture" in hand-- Sat Aug 15 6:32 am --
FF Today's Take:Thomas is an injury risk for fantasy owners and on the second offensive snap of the game, the risk became reality. He's been overvalued this entire off-season because of his high TD totals in Denver but won't have the same offensive luxury in Jacksonville. Let others gamble on Thomas in your draft.