Noah out up to 10 weeks

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, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

TORONTO - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will have surgery on Thursday morning to repair a torn ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb.

The procedure will be performed by Dr. Mark Cohen and Dr. John Fernandez of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center.

Noah, the ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft out of Florida, first injured his thumb against Sacramento on November 27. He has played the last few weeks with ongoing discomfort and slight functional impairment.

"Joakim's injury presentation was unusual in that he was able to function at a high level with the injury. More often, athletes are unable to play at all due to pain and instability of the thumb," Bulls head team physician Brian Cole said.

Noah played 26 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Raptors, recording 11 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-11, 232-pounder was averaging 14.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists entering the contest against Toronto.

"As the days proceeded from the original injury, it became clear for all that surgery was best for Joakim," Chicago general manager Gar Forman said. "We have always valued Joakim's toughness and willingness to put the team above himself, but in this case his health took precedence."


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