Palmer to have thumb surgery

CINCINNATI--Bengals starting quarterback Carson Palmer is scheduled to have surgery on his left thumb next week, the quarterback said after the team's 24-14 playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Palmer suffered ligament damage to his thumb on his non-throwing hand in October and played with a protective glove the rest of the season. He said the injury never impacted his play, besides being forced to hand off from either side with his right hand.