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Blake Bortles Injury: Updates on Jaguars Star's Thumb and Recovery

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles answers questions from reporters during a post-game news conference after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. The Buccaneers won 38-31. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 5, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has a nondisplaced fracture in the thumb of his non-throwing hand. His timeline for a full recovery has yet to be determined.

Continue for updates.


Bortles' Injury on Non-Throwing Hand

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell announced Bortles' fracture, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. Caldwell noted the injury occurred during the Week 17 loss to the Houston Texans.


Bortles Will Look to Build on Strong Season in 2016

Bortles has avoided major injury in his young NFL career since being selected No. 3 overall in the 2014 draft. He dealt with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right throwing shoulder that he played through in Week 5's loss at Tampa Bay.

The Jaguars still haven't fielded a winning team under coach Gus Bradley in his three years on the job, but Bortles is showing signs of improvement.

The setback shouldn't impact next season, so the Jaguars likely don't need to think about backup quarterback options, but an injury to a star quarterback isn't something a team wants to see.

Bortles took a major step forward in 2015 in throwing 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. Once he recovers, he can get to work on continuing to improve next season.

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