Earl Thomas unsure he’ll be ready for Week One

AP

After Seahawks safety Earl Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in February, word was that there was “no doubt” he’d be ready to play when the Seahawks open the regular season.

The lack of doubt was a bit surprising given the six-to-eight month timeline given for a full recovery from the surgery and it seems that the passage of time has allowed some doubt to creep into Thomas’s head. Thomas told Ed Werder of ESPN reports that while he is making steady progress in his rehab from the surgery, he’s not expecting to be cleared for the early portion of training camp and that he’s uncertain about his status for the season opener against the Rams in St. Louis.

“I’m unsure about everything at this point,” Thomas said. “I will find out more when I get back to Seattle on [July] 30th when I take my physical.”

That’s obviously not ideal for the Seahawks given Thomas’s importance to the team’s defense, but it would be far worse to rush in hopes of getting back for Week One if taking a more patient approach makes it likelier that Thomas will be 100 percent for a greater number of games.

With almost two months to go before the Seahawks take the field for the first time in the 2015 season, there’s plenty of time for Thomas’s status to become more certain and it will surely be something they’re watching closely in Seattle.

42 responses to “Earl Thomas unsure he’ll be ready for Week One

  1. Tells you how long and hard an NFL season truly is – with the finally of the Pats and Hawks bashing each other. Players on both sides playing with unthinkable injuries…

  2. This is why I laughed at a Patriots fan who whined about injuries in a drubbing they took at the hands of the Steelers back in 2004. Basically the whole Legion of Boom was hurt for the Super Bowl. But you don’t hear any Pats fans bring that up. No, they just keep on drooling about Brady’s great performance.

  3. As a Ram’s fan whose team plays the Hawks in week 1 this would not hurt my feelings….not at all.

  4. I am relieved to hear that Thomas is thinking about his future instead of rushing headlong into full blown contact and a recurring shoulder problem
    The Seahawks were depleted by injuries at the end of the year. The coaches need to remind guys like Thomas that the season is long

  5. Great player. As an AZ fan, as a fan of the game of football, all the respect to the Hawks. All I can ask for this year is that both teams are healthy when they play each other. Hopefully Palmer-Wilson, Lynch-Ellington, Sherman-Peterson, Thomas-Mathieu, etc are healthy for the SNF game in November and week 17. Mike Iupati and Jimmy Graham will nake this division so tough and competitive. Every football fan can’t wait until AZ and Seattle play each other on SNF: hopefully Palmer is in there instead of Lindley!

  6. If having ET miss a game against the Rams, a game we should win anyway, means he’s healthy all season, I’ll take that trade off

  7. “Basically the whole Legion of Boom was hurt for the Super Bowl. But you don’t hear any Pats fans bring that up”.

    —–

    The injury excuse again? New England won a super bowl with Troy Brown playing defensive back. New England also lost half of their secondary to injury during the super bowl vs. Carolina, and they won that game as well. While we’re at it, the Packers lost two starting DBs on consecutive plays in the first half of the super bowl against Pittsburgh, and they still won.

  8. No, they just keep on drooling about Brady’s great performance.

    ———————-

    He had two interceptions. When Cliff Avril went out his numbers went way up. We had no pressure on him anymore.

  9. Best safety in the NFL. Best free safety in the last 10 years.

    ——————-

    I like Earl but if you think he’s better than a prime Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu you are insane.

  10. I have total respect for ET even if he plays for the hated rival Hawks, but his size and stature along with the way he hits makes me wonder if his body can continue to withstand the impact he brings. This may be the beginning of his physical decline it happens to all athletes, and he may have to adjust his game at some point we shall see.

    BTW i am not hating here just making an observation. Well save the hate for when the regular season starts 🙂

  11. 14-2? LOL. That whole ship is sinking. Crushing SB loss-hangover and all the uncertainties surrounding contracts… you must be high.

  12. seahawksrb says:
    Jul 23, 2015 1:03 PM
    If having ET miss a game against the Rams, a game we should win anyway, means he’s healthy
    all season, I’ll take that trade off

    ________________________________

    The Rams have beaten the Seahawks 3 of the last 4 years in St. Louis with 2 of the wins being in the last the seasons.

  13. seahawksrb says:
    Jul 23, 2015 1:03 PM
    If having ET miss a game against the Rams, a game we should win anyway, means he’s healthy
    all season, I’ll take that trade off

    ________________________________

    The Rams have beaten the Seahawks 3 of the last 4 years in St. Louis with 2 of the wins being in the last two seasons.

  14. Good player. Deserves to be on the field. Hope it comes through for him, even if the week 1 timeline is really optimistic.

    As for people (on both sides) compaining about injuries in the SB. We get it, there were people playing through injuries. In other news, the sun shined on that day at some point. Still got to do your job. And in the end, The Butler sure as heck did his job on a play that gets the TD probably 80% of the time.

  15. If you think your overrated team will win more than 10 games, you are delusional. They have been one of the luckiest teams the past 2 years where injuries are concerned. As a Vike fan, try playing 15 games without Lynch,and supplement a backup qb for Wilson after week 3, and your team looks more like 9-7 either of the last two seasons. The will lose pretty handedly this year when they travel to Minny to play a more complete team top to bottom than any you’ll face this season. the defense, and the leagues favoritism of the db’s mugging wrs and te’s after 5 yards has become really old and is ridiculous. Good luck with Wilson and what will amount to the brass ending up severely overpaying for a game manager type qb that falls in the Trent Dilfer mode where he was supported by a dominant defense and great run game to get the wins so far in his career. There are at least 15 other qb’s in the league who could’ve led that team to two super bowls. If he had been drafted by a lesser team, he probably isn’t a starter yet and might be religated as career backup with his level of talent. As for Thomas being the best safety…..LOL! Put him on another team with lesser cb’s and one who don’t benefit from the non contact calls against the pass, and we might not even know who the heck he is at this juncture of his career.

  16. Beastmode got stuffed at the line by a Patriots guy with a torn rotator cuff, which was so pathetic that Pete called a pass on the next play. Discuss.

  17. Best take your time son, you need to be healthy and ready for week 2 in Lambeau against the NFLs best offense in what could be the game that determines home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  18. Why are Vikings fans so outspoken. Pats, packers, steelers, Seahawks, ravens, giants and maybe a couple other teams can and do talk their team up. But the number of delusional Vikings fans their are is astounding. Joke of a franchise and have no chance almost every year. They play an easy schedule every year and squeak out an 8-8 season every once in awhile. I wish my team played them every year.

  19. Donte Hightower played with the same injury and has had the same surgery. HIGH TOWER stopped M.LYNCH on first down during the final series.Mayo was out,Ridley was out etc etc etc
    NEW ENGLAND THE WORLDS TEAM,USA can have Dallas!

  20. Go away Viking fans, no one cares about your off-season super bowl you claim every year. Enjoy another top 15 pick in 2016.

  21. It’s a known fact that PED’s and HGH will break your body down at an astounding rate compared to not taking that garbage.
    seahawks should learn to put that stuff (PED’s/HGH) aside and play by the rules just like my guy up in Titletown USA, Clay Matthews!!!!

    Boom goes the Dynamite!

  22. @Shinnbone

    The same Clay Matthews that took himself out of the game against the Seahawks in the final 4 minutes of the NFCC? Nice attempt at being funny and really sticking it to the Seahawks and their fans. 2013 jokes are still funny apparently.

  23. Ped talk and hate. I love the attention.
    Start shead all preseason. Bet earl starts game day

  24. 8oneanddones says:
    Jul 23, 2015 1:21 PM

    The injury excuse again? New England won a super bowl with Troy Brown playing defensive back. New England also lost half of their secondary to injury during the super bowl vs. Carolina, and they won that game as well. While we’re at it, the Packers lost two starting DBs on consecutive plays in the first half of the super bowl against Pittsburgh, and they still won.
    ————————————————

    Uh, did you actually read the original post where I was referring to a Patriots fan who was doing the whining about injuries, and making excuses for why his team lost a game?

    Just shaking my head here.

  25. The Rams have beaten the Seahawks 3 of the last 4 years in St. Louis with 2 of the wins being in the last the seasons.

    Nope. The Seahawks have alternated losses in STL since PC took over, so they’ve lost 3 in the last 5 years:

    2010 – L 20-3
    2011 – W 24-7
    2012 – L 19-13
    2013 – W 14-9
    2014 – L 28-26

    The Seahawks have won all their home games against the Rams.

  26. It’s a known fact that PED’s and HGH will break your body down at an astounding rate compared to not taking that garbage.

    That must explain all the Clara “retirements”.

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