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Jaguars TE Julius Thomas practices in limited role, remains out

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 14: Tight End Julius Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field on August 14, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Steelers 23 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 14: Tight End Julius Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field on August 14, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Steelers 23 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas has been cleared for limited practice. He still won't play for at least a few more weeks.

Thomas was on the field Wednesday for the first time since breaking a bone on the back of his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14.

He had surgery Sept. 1, and the Jaguars have targeted Week 4 for his return.

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But that could be optimistic considering coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday that Thomas will return to the hand doctor in two weeks, adding "I think we're just waiting to see what we find out in the second evaluation."

Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million contract, including $24 million guaranteed, to be the centerpiece of Jacksonville's receiving corps.