"We are still hopeful he will be able to play," said head coach Mike Stoops. "If we can get his range of motion and get him strong enough so he can protect himself. I think we can pad him up and hopefully get him back out there."
Thomas had surgery this week and Stoops said that they fused the small bone that was broken. Ronnie Palmer had a similar surgery on a broken finger and was able to play the next week. Of course Palmer was not out there catching passes with the injury.
Thomas is not exactly sure when he broke the bone, but did play a good portion of the game with the injury.
Considering the small improvements he has made in the past few days, the true freshman is pretty confident he will at least give it a go.
"I think it is looking pretty good," Thomas admitted. "I am able to move my fingers a little bit. Hopefully I can get back out there. (After hurting it) I couldn't move nothing. My whole hand was swelled up pretty good."
Thomas is not the only inured player for the Wildcats. Freshman quarterback hurt his hand and shoulder against Washington and was not 100% at the end of the game.
Unlike Thomas, there is no doubt Tuitama will play against the Sun Devils.
"Willie is fine," Stoops assured. "It is still sore. It is coming along, there is no fracture in it. We have to rest him and hopefully have him back by Friday. It would be a good day to have him back out there."
OL Peter Graniello suffered an ankle sprain but should be good to go as well.
Thomas not only needs to make sure that the bone is fine, but his equipment needs to be good as well. If he is cleared he'll need to be fitted with a brace that is sturdy enough to protect the hand but one that will also allow him to catch a football.
"The brace would have to be stable enough to withstand any falling and strong enough to catch the ball," said Stoops.