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Jaguars TE Julius Thomas moves closer to making debut

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 is moving closer to making his season debut.

Thomas practiced Wednesday without a cast for the first time since breaking his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

Thomas didn't sound overly optimistic that he would make his Jaguars debut Sunday at Tampa Bay (1-3), saying "I don't know if that's going to be an option."

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Nonetheless, the team's top free agent is inching closer to a return, which should happen this month.

He says, "It's going to be a continuous process working with the doctors. It's not going to be just you cross one hurdle off and go play with the rest of the kids."