Earl Thomas sits out practice for personal reasons, game status unknown

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Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at practice Friday but did not participate. Coach Pete Carroll was vague in answering questions about Thomas and said “we’ll see” when asked if Thomas would play Sunday.

“He couldn’t work today,” Carroll said Friday, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT.

Thomas also missed Wednesday’s practice for what the Seahawks listed as “not injury related.”

“He’s got some other stuff going on we’re working on,” Carroll said. “It’s personal in nature. That’s why I’m not talking about it.”

Thomas may or may not play Sunday. Since Thomas’ absence wasn’t injury related, the Seahawks do not have to list him on the status report.

“We’ll see how he’s doing, make sure he’s OK,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks play the Cowboys. The Cowboys talked to Seattle about a trade for Thomas, including the offer of a second-round pick before the season began. Thomas, a native Texan who played at the University of Texas, has openly talked about his desire to play for the Cowboys.

Thomas chased down Jason Garrett after last season’s Christmas Eve game in Dallas, encouraging the Cowboys coach to “come get me.”

So it is a weird coincidence if nothing else.

Thomas ended his contract holdout before the start of the season. He played 64 of 74 snaps in the season opener and 65 of 66 on Monday night.

58 responses to “Earl Thomas sits out practice for personal reasons, game status unknown

  1. Just trade him. It’s obvious his heart is not in it to play in Seattle anymore. It was a good run but time to move on.

  2. Another thought, maybe Seattle wasn’t willing to trade Thomas before their week 3 matchup. As VIP said he may sit this game and then the trade takes place. Would make sense given the circumstances, we will see.

  3. Most players want to be on the Cowboys. The most high profile, popular and valuable team in professional sports.

  4. The greatest dynasty that never was has quickly and quietly faded away into the same obscurity that epitomized the first 35+ years of existence. Years from now youngsters will be asking their parents, “the legion of what?”

  5. Michael E says:
    September 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    Most players want to be on the Cowboys. The most high profile, popular and valuable team in professional sports.

    0 2 Rate This
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    A team is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. No team is worth 5 billion let alone 2.5. You can’t keep raising the price of admission to a game where the league is ruining it.

  6. This is so funny, that we have to laugh at Seattle for trying to be so stubborn in not trading him. If Seattle was smart, they could’ve got a 2nd round pick for him. Too bad.

  7. Wait so he showed up to practice but decided not to participate because of personal reasons. That’s like me showing up to work but telling my supervisor, “oh naw I’m not doing anything today because of personal reasons.” Except it won’t work out good in my case.

  8. jam11163 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    A team is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. No team is worth 5 billion let alone 2.5. You can’t keep raising the price of admission to a game where the league is ruining it.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    If the panthers just sold for 2.2 billion, you don’t think the cowboys will sell for at least 2.5? come on man!

  9. This is just Earl’s way of taking another crack at a job interview with the Cowboys. He’s really screwed this up from the moment he ran down the tunnel to the wrong locker room

  10. It seems like more players have “personal” reasons for not practicing. As late as the 90s, there were only about 3-4 reasons other than injury that prevented participation: death/grave illness in the family, birth of a child and the rare wedding or court appearance. “I’m just not feeling it right now” appears to be acceptable to too many teams.

  11. “I wonder if he can still collect his full paycheck even though he is not playing and he is not injured or benched by the coaches.”

    Unless the team disciplines him and suspends him for the game yes, he gets his full check just like any other inactive player if he were not to be made active by the team on game day

  12. umassdebatingteam says:
    September 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    The greatest dynasty that never was has quickly and quietly faded away into the same obscurity that epitomized the first 35+ years of existence. Years from now youngsters will be asking their parents, “the legion of what?”

    ———

    Many people still regard the ’85 Bears’ defense as the best in league history. Does anyone really remember, outside of Chicago, what they did in 84′ or 86′?

    The peak of Seattle’s LOB era will be remembered along with the 2000 Ravens and 85′ Bears as one of the best defenses the league has ever seen, because you don’t need a dynasty to be remembered; you just need to be the best from opening day until the last game is played.

  13. He’ll be packing his bags and miss the Cowgirl’s game. He’s on his way to Dallas for a 2nd rounder. Mean time ‘hawks will be 0-3 and heading for the toilet bowl after Sunday.

  14. this is all such a bummer. if you’re a hawks fan these past years, you just love earl – a total, balls-out, give you everything he’s got player. and so good at what he does. this whole endgame is such a lousy end to the story.

  15. Tashan Harrison says:
    September 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    Wait so he showed up to practice but decided not to participate because of personal reasons. That’s like me showing up to work but telling my supervisor, “oh naw I’m not doing anything today because of personal reasons.” Except it won’t work out good in my case.


    So, basically the movie “Office Space”.
    I’m on the east coast, someone in Seattle please let me know if he goes gangsta on a printer.

  16. They’re going to sit him because he is going to be traded to Dallas but it will not happen until after this game. Why? Seattle won’t trade him before the game because they don’t want to have to go up against him. Dallas doesn’t want him to play because they don’t want to risk him being injured and they also don’t want to play against him. So the writing is on the wall.

    But what will the trade entail? Easy. One of the Dallas DL’s and a 3rd rounder next year for Thomas. Only thing I’m not certain of is which DL. It could be a run stuffer but I’d think Seattle would want a pass rusher more since they haven’t been able to get any pressure outside of Frank Clark who is now getting double-teamed on passing downs. My hope would be DeMarcus Lawrence, but that’d be highly doubtful, unless it was Lawrence and a 5th rounder.

  17. Speculation: ET wants to “go home.” By taking this action, he is putting pressure on the Seahawk front office to make a trade with the Cowboys to eliminate the distraction. I fully expect a trade before the deadline. I’m hoping not, but if so, I hope they hold the line for a second and some conditional pick, based on ETs performance. I would love for him to be given an extension or told no trade and expect to be franchised at least next season.

    The Sunday game will be interesting, won’t it?

  18. If you define “personal” as “we don’t want to risk injury by playing him against the team that we plan to trade him to immediately following the game.” Shenanigans.

  19. Between malcom butler having a mental breakdown during the anthem and losing the trust of coaches and teammates all butthurt about not being the highest paid cb in the nfl, to this guy signing a bloated deal with chancellor wondering how it destroyed their cap position, is pathetic to watch.

    These are adults not children.

  20. It’s so glorious to watch this dumpster fire burn and burn ,hawk fans turning on their team looks like it’s back to being in last place again hahahahahahahaha.

  21. John John says:
    September 22, 2018 at 11:54 am
    It’s so glorious to watch this dumpster fire burn and burn ,hawk fans turning on their team looks like it’s back to being in last place again hahahahahahahaha
    ******
    Since realignment in 2002, NFC West division winners:
    Seattle: 8x
    Arizona:3x
    San Fran: 3x
    LA: 2x

    It’s been Seattle’s division. No question.
    That’s 16 years worth of data. They don’t finish in “last again” that often. However, don’t let facts get in the way of your ‘perceived’ truth.

  22. Let me guess, ET did not practice because he has been sleepless in Seattle. He may also be negatively affected by the fact that his team is winless in Seattle and his head coach and GM are clueless in Seattle. The 12th are hopeless in Seattle.

  23. omeimontis says:
    September 22, 2018 at 10:39 am
    The Dallas D is giving up fewer points than Seattle’s even though they do not have ET. They are not likely to give up more than a second round pick for him.
    ++++
    That’s what was offered as the season began. Seattle turned it down.

    I mentioned in a post yesterday morning that maybe Seattle didn’t want to trade Thomas to Dallas until after the Sea/Dal game because that game is Seattle’s home opener. Additionally, Thomas has been practicing against Seattle’s offense from day one. So he knows it. Why trade a guy to a team that can tell everyone what the offense is doing. It would benefit Dallas in that scenario.

    In light off the current article situation, I see Seattle shipping Thomas to Dallas sometime next week. I could be wrong but, it’s a possibility.

    Personally, I didn’t like what he said to the Cowboys. It was unprofessional, selfish, and a detriment to the other players. Additionally, I don’t think Thomas was himself last year because of his comments I. Dallas.

  24. jorgetown420 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    jam11163 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    A team is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. No team is worth 5 billion let alone 2.5. You can’t keep raising the price of admission to a game where the league is ruining it.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    If the panthers just sold for 2.2 billion, you don’t think the cowboys will sell for at least 2.5? come on man!
    ++++
    He’s not wrong, and neither are you. X is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and what the seller is willing to accept. That’s the basics of buying and selling. People haggle all the time. Used cars, or professional franchises.

    Doesn’t matter what someone else sold X for.

    That being said, professional franchises typically escalate in value each year.

  25. @tylawspick6 says:

    Between malcom butler having a mental breakdown during the anthem and losing the trust of coaches and teammates all butthurt about not being the highest paid cb in the nfl, to this guy signing a bloated deal with chancellor wondering how it destroyed their cap position, is pathetic to watch.

    These are adults not children.
    ================================================================================================
    Regarding Malcolm Butler…how does being benched for the SB equate to not be the highest paid CB?

  26. umassdebatingteam says:
    September 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    The greatest dynasty that never was has quickly and quietly faded away into the same obscurity that epitomized the first 35+ years of existence. Years from now youngsters will be asking their parents, “the legion of what?”
    ++++
    I’m sure a few posters here were thinking too far ahead. A bit of overzealous excitement, if you will. However, the defense was one of the best ever. Especially 2013. Pretty close to historic as well.

    Defensive ranking, point allowed:
    2011 – Seventh
    2012 – First
    2013 – First
    2014 – First
    2015 – Third (three tenths of a point from being first. Three tenths of a point from being the only team in almost 50 years to lead the league in scoring defense four straight years)
    2016 – Second
    2017 -Tenth

    That’s seven straight years with at least a top ten defense.

    Not bad.

  27. @ratsfoiledagain — You’re living in the past. The game has passed Pete Carroll by, and his hiring Schottenheimer and Norton as his coordinators is further proof that he’s beyond his expiration date. Bad trades and bad luck have depleted the roster. Thomas just wants to leave the ship before it’s completely submerged.

    Enjoy the memories (and all the old stats you’ve posted), as they’re all you’re going to have for a while.

  28. harrisbarton says:
    September 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    @ratsfoiledagain — You’re living in the past. The game has passed Pete Carroll by, and his hiring Schottenheimer and Norton as his coordinators is further proof that he’s beyond his expiration date. Bad trades and bad luck have depleted the roster. Thomas just wants to leave the ship before it’s completely submerged.

    Enjoy the memories (and all the old stats you’ve posted), as they’re all you’re going to have for a while.
    ++++
    Not living in the past. Was responding to a specific poster, and that post. Nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t like it, that’s on you.

    I agree the OC hiring was a bad choice. Norton mighty be as well. The next few games will show it for sure since two key LB’s that were out will be back soon, and Thomas doesn’t want to be there.

    Has the game passed by Pete? Who knows. He’s been in the playoffs for all but two years in Seattle. So I’d say he knows what he’s doing. However, time will tell if you’re right or wrong.

    Have a nice day!

  29. Cowboys will win the division with earl thomas on their team. They’re already a good team and just upgraded their already good defense to a great defense. Dak an Zeek will be winning alot of games thus year, thanks to daks precision passing and athletic running when the pocket breaks down, Zeek great running, good special teams and a great defense that’s going to be like the 2002 bucs.

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