FS Earl Thomas, recently picked at No. 21 in a list of top 100 players by NFL.com, told ESPN.com Thursday he won’t be healthy enough to start training camp next week and could miss the regular season opener.
Thomas, who was injured tackling Randall Cobb in the second quarter, said he has come a long way in his recovery from surgery Feb. 24 to repair his left shoulder labrum torn in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. He played with the injury in the Super Bowl, including the fourth quarter when Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 13 of 15 passes.
But he won’t be ready for camp July 31 and admits the first week of the regular season is a question mark.
Thomas has never had a serious injury in his football career. He described it in a blog post:
“Back in the locker room, they reset my shoulder. I felt it pop into place, and that was it. I felt much better immediately. I felt like I could go play. They did some X-rays, and while I waited, I kept telling myself, ‘Just finish the game.’ I had to go out there and finish. That would have been the regret of my life if I didn’t finish that game. And to the training staff’s credit, they got me fixed up and ready to go really fast.”
He called his rehab mentally challenging.
“I’m unsure about everything at this point,” he told ESPN. “I will find out more when I get back to Seattle (July 30) when I take my physical.”
Another member of the Legion of Boom, Richard Sherman, had a serious elbow injury in the NFC title game but also played in the Super Bowl. He chose not to have surgery and has been medically cleared, but has had no contact play in six months.
“Obviously (I) haven’t had to stop anyone or be violent, so we will see how it handles in training camp,” Sherman told ESPN.