Earl Thomas was back in pads as the Seahawks began practice on Tuesday. So was cornerback Richard Sherman, as the Legion of Boom began to look a little more whole. But Kam Chancellor? He still was nowhere to be seen.
Seattle safety Earl Thomas returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since prior to the Super Bowl.
Thomas had surgery in February to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and has been rehabbing since then.
He was taken off the PUP earlier during camp so he could participate in walk-throughs. Today was his first time to put on pads (the team was in helmets and shoulder pads and shorts/sweats) and out on the field.
Thomas participated only in individual drills and did take part in the final 11-on-11 sessions. But he did some positional work (catching passes during interception drills) and some other stuff, and simply putting the pads on and getting back on the field was a step in the right direction for Thomas as he hopes to get back in time for the season opener at St. Louis Sept.13.
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Asked if he thought he’d be ready for the Rams’ game, Thomas said “I’m not sure. Just happy that they have taken the handcuffs off of me and let me kind of do my job. That’s all I can control right now.”
Later, though, Thomas sounded as if he expects to be full go soon. Asked what he’d need to see out of himself to be ready for the St. Louis game, Thomas said “to me I think I’ve seen all I need to see today. I was flying around. We’ll see.”
You can watch Thomas’ interview above as he also talked about the difficulty of sitting out while his teammates practiced, what he’s said recently to Kam Chancellor, and more.
As for a few other quick notes from practice:
— Richard Sherman was back in pads today, but like Thomas did not take part in 11-on-11 sessions as he continues to rest a hip flexor injury.
—The offensive lines remained the same as they did on Monday when the team moved Justin Britt from right tackle to left guard, promoted Garry Gilliam from second team let tackle to first team right tackle, and demoted Alvin Bailey to second team left tackle. So expect the lines to play in those alignments Friday at Kansas City.
— CB Will Blackmon remains out with a groin issue which could mean another start at nickel for rookie Tye Smith, with Marcus Burley potentially filling in for Sherman if he gets another week to rest.
—Frank Clark sat out with a sore ankle. Among others who remained out were: QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR Chris Matthews, WR Paul Richardson, CB Douglas McNeil, S Ryan Murphy, CB Mohammed Seisay, CB Jeremy Lane, LB Quayshan Nealy, OT Jesse Davis, TE Cooper Helfet, DL David King. DT Jesse Williams, who sat out Monday, was back in pads, and LBs Kevin Pierre-Louis and Brock Coyle, who sat out the game against Denver, worked fully during team drills. Also back today was DE Obum Gwacham, who has been out a while with an elbow injury.
We’ll have our daily impressions and some more stuff later.