The team said Tuesday that Thomas will have surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage in his right hand. The decision came after Thomas got a second opinion.
General manager Dave Caldwell described the surgery as ''more or less just cleaning it up and tightening it up.''
Thomas, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract that included $24 million guaranteed in free agency, broke a bone in the back of his hand in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh. He initially was supposed to be back for the regular-season opener Sept. 13 against Carolina.
Now, he is expected to miss games against the Panthers, Miami and New England.
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