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Thomas, Henderson have healthy surgeries

Sophomores Gerald Henderson and Lance Thomas underwent successful hand surgeries Tuesday at the Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center for injuries sustained over the course of Duke's season.

Henderson went under the knife a reconstructive procedure that repaired a torn ligament in his right wrist. The 6-foot-4 forward initially injured his shooting hand Feb. 6 against North Carolina and played with a brace for the rest of the season.

He hyperextended it March 15 in the ACC Tournament against Clemson while going up for a rebound late in the second half. X-rays performed on site at Bobcats Arena were negative.

Henderson, who averaged 12.7 points per game, is expected to be sidelined for three to four months.

Thomas needed surgery to reconstruct a torn tendon on his right pinkie finger.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for Duke. He is expected to be out for eight to 10 weeks.

Dr. David Ruch performed both surgeries.

Duke lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 22. The Blue Devils finished the season 28-6.


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