RENTON — Asked what meant more to him, being named to the Pro Bowl or the All-Pro team, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas had a snappy response:
Safe to say the team’s championship expectations remain staunchly at the forefront during Seattle’s bye week in the NFL playoffs, but that doesn’t mean individual honors are slowing down. Some of the highest awards came Friday as Thomas and secondary teammate Richard Sherman were named to The Associated Press All-Pro first team.
Safety Kam Chancellor, another member of the vaunted Legion of Boom, was named to the second team.
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“It’s a great tribute to those guys and who they are, and how they’ve prepared and how hard they’ve worked,” said coach Pete Carroll. “I think it does demonstrate that if you play really well with the guys around you, it will help your play.
“These guys have fed off one another in the years they’ve been here. They challenge to be the best and to work the hardest and help each other be at their best. It’s given them a chance to really do something unique.”
Thomas, Sherman and Chancellor were named Pro Bowlers last week.
“It’s definitely a testament to the entire defense,” Sherman said of Friday’s honor. “Any time these awards come, you really can’t help but look at the rest of the defense and the total result. I don’t think we would’ve got it if our defense didn’t produce the numbers we did.”
The Seahawks had four All-Pro first-teamers last year: Thomas, Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch and center Max Unger.
Other notable honorees this year include St. Louis punter Johnny Hekker, a Bothell native who made the first team, and Oakland fullback Marcel Reece, a University of Washington product who made the second team.
Harvin practices again
Receiver Percy Harvin practiced for a second straight day Friday and, according to Carroll, participated in nearly every drill.
“He looked, and I think he felt, pretty good about it,” the coach said. “We’ll come back next week and get after it and just go one day at a time, and I expect he is going to be able to make some progress.”
Carroll added that there isn’t a timeline for when the team will determine if Harvin will play in the divisional round, noting that the decision won’t be rushed.
Elsewhere, linebacker K.J. Wright has been ruled out of the team’s first playoff game as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken foot, but Carroll said prospects look “really promising” for a potential return in the NFC Championship Game if the Seahawks advance.
Tight end Luke Willson is recovering well from a high ankle sprain suffered against the Rams. He ran Friday and has told Carroll he’s confident he’ll be able to play. Receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle) is expected to return to practice next week without limitation, and Carroll said tackle Russell Okung (toe) has benefited greatly from being able to rest during the bye week.
Chancellor and three St. Louis Rams — Kendall Langford, Eugene Sims, Chase Reynolds — were fined $7,875 for personal-foul penalties in a chippy regular-season finale Sunday, a 27-9 Seahawks win at CenturyLink Field.
A late hit in the first quarter led to the fine for Chancellor. Langford had been ejected for making contract with an official and then drew another flag for aggressively throwing his helmet to the turf. Sims and Reynolds drew penalties for actions on special teams after Seahawks punts.
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