Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night that he will skip the Pro Bowl to get a head start on getting his body healthy for the 2016 season.
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will skip the Pro Bowl to try to rest his body, he wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night.
Thomas had shoulder surgery last February and did not play in the pre-season. He then played all of the regular season and post-season, playing 976 of 993 possible snaps in the regular season for the Seahawks.
Thomas has never missed a game in his NFL career, and in fact has started all 96 regular season games since being drafted in 2010 as well as all 12 post-season games.
Thomas wrote on his Facebook page: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players, coaches, and most importantly, all of the fans who voted me into this year’s Pro Bowl. I have always considered being selected as one of the highest honors bestowed on any player in the league. While I value the significance of being named to the Pro Bowl, I unfortunately will not be able to participate in this year’s upcoming game. It is without question that I will miss taking the trip out to Hawaii and enjoying the festivities with my fellow NFL brothers and all the fans, but I look forward to getting my body fully healthy and working to bring another Super Bowl home to Seattle!”
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Thomas was one of seven Seahawks voted to the Pro Bowl, which is Jan. 31 in Honolulu, tying a team record set also in 1984 and 2005.
Along with Thomas, the other Seahawks who were invited were: defensive end Michael Bennett, safety Kam Chancellor, return specialist Tyler Lockett, cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson.
The seven players invited also tied Arizona and New England for the second-most behind the 10 of Carolina.
Thomas admitted after the regular season opener against the Rams that he wondered how his shoulder would hold up under contact.
“Yeah, I think the first time out for me was great,” he said. “I got a lot of confidence from that game. I didn’t know what it would be like to be trying to tackle somebody but it definitely felt good once impact on my left shoulder happened, it felt really good.”
Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum suffered in the NFC Championship game win over Green Bay last Jan. 18.