Earl Thomas DB SEA 2 months ago

Thomas, who played through a full torn labrum in the Super Bowl, has yet to have shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the season, the Seattle Times reports.Thomas suffered the injury in the NFC championship game. He reportedly will need six to eight months to recover following surgery, , but general manager John Schneider said Thursday that he is not concerned about Thomas being ready for the start of the season. Schneider said it's possible that Thomas is ready for the start of training camp "because we are going to monitor him and make sure we do what's best for the long term."

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) will undergo offseason surgery to repair a fully torn labrum, and he is expected to be out for six-to-eight months, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Thomas suffered the injury during the NFC Championship Game, and he opted to play through it in the Super Bowl. While it was known that he suffered a serious injury, it's surprising to learn just how severe the issue is. The recovery timeline of six-to-eight months casts doubt over Thomas' availability for training camp, but ESPN's Adam Schefter said the safety will be ready. Thomas, Kam Chancellor (knee) and Richard Sherman (shoulder) all played the Super Bowl with injuries that would typically sideline a player for an extended period of time. Slot corner Jeremy Lane suffered a broken arm during the game, and fellow cornerback Byron Maxwell is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. The Seattle secondary bears close watching this offseason.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Thomas has been dealing with a minor shoulder injury since the NFC Championship game, but after practicing all week, he'll suit up for the biggest game of the season.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) is officially probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Thomas was a full participant in practice all week, and given the magnitude of Sunday's contest, there is almost no chance he will miss the Super Bowl.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice, The Seattle Times reports.

Thomas missed two days of practice last week before getting in a limited session Friday, but it now appears he is near or back at full speed. Expect the Seahawks to take the necessary precautions over the next couple days to ensure Thomas is ready to go for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) was a limited participant in Friday's practice, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.

The Seahawks are proceeding cautiously with Thomas after he dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, but his return to practice in some capacity suggests the Seahawks are earmarking him to play in next Sunday's Super Bowl. It wouldn't be a surprise if he's only a limited participant in the week leading up to the game as a matter of preservation.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 3 months ago

Thomas (shoulder) is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, ESPN.com reports.

Thomas dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's NFC Championship Game, but regardless of what his MRI reveals, the safety is expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX. We'll let you know if that assessment changes, but at the very least, expect the issue to impact Thomas' practice participation in the coming days.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 8 months ago

Thomas will return punts this season, coach Pete Carroll confirmed to 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday.

Thomas lobbied for the job and looked decent in the role during exhibition games. WR/PR Bryan Walters, who was cut Saturday, was re-signed Monday. So while Thomas will start as the punt returner, Walters could see action too.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 8 months ago

Following the release of wide receiver Bryan Walters, Thomas will likely open the season as Seattle's primary punt returner, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Thomas has never returned a punt or kick during the regular season, but he did rip off a 59-yard punt return against the Bears in Seattle's third game this preseason. He has the athleticism to succeed in the role, and he might be able to tack on a touchdown or two through special teams. However, there's also the added risk of injury, which led fellow Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor to say that he thinks the idea of Thomas returning punts is a bad one, ESPN.com reports. Of course, Chancellor doesn't have much say in the matter, and it's far more telling that the Seahawks were willing to let Thomas return punts in the preseason.

Earl Thomas DB SEA 11 months ago

Speaking Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said FS Earl Thomas would be the team's punt returner were the season to start today.

Carroll also said CB Richard Sherman was "in the mix" on punts. Both Thomas and Sherman are exceedingly dangerous with the ball in their hands, but recipients of fat new contract extensions this offseason, we doubt Seattle ends up risking their health on returns.