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Tyrus Thomas to have knee surgery, out eight weeks

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Tyrus Thomas #12 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts to scoring against the Denver Nuggets during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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In a blow to a Bobcats team fighting to get one of the final playoff spots in the East, Tyrus Thomas will miss the next eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team announced.

Thomas was a last second scratch from the Bobcats lineup before the team’s win over the Sixers Thursday. An MRI revealed the knee for surgery.

Thomas has been coming off the bench but doing well in that role, providing a defensive boost, plus 10 points and 7 boards a game in the team’s last 10. He’s been averaging 25 minutes a night and Paul Silas can look down the Bobcats bench all he wants he doesn’t have a player who can fill those minutes nearly as well.

How many meniscus injuries are we up to this season? Clearly they don’t make those like they used to.