Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas will play Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Thomas had been limited during the short week of practice leading up to Thursday and was listed as questionable with an ankle injury.
In two games against Tennessee last year, the tight end caught seven passes for only 43 yards, but scored a touchdown in each of Jacksonville’s matchups. This season, Thomas has 196 yards on 16 catches while finding the endzone twice.
Thomas gained a reputation as one of the top receiving tight ends in football in his final two seasons with the Denver Broncos in 2013 and 2014. He made the Pro Bowl in each of those two seasons after hauling in 24 total touchdowns and over 1200 total yards in that span.
Last week against the Raiders, Thomas played through the same ankle injury that sidelined him this week and was limited to three receptions and 20 yards. Thomas missed the Jaguars Week Four game in London against the Colts with an elbow injury.
A win over the Titans Thursday night would move the Jaguars out of the cellar of the AFC South. They enter the game with a 2-4 record with wins over the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
The Jaguars are on pace to have their best season under fourth-year head coach Gus Bradley. Since coming over after four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, Bradley has never won more than five games in a single season or finished better than third in the AFC South Division.