Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has never missed a game in his career, but a serious shoulder injury could put his availability for the start of the 2015 season at risk. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Thomas will undergo surgery today to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Thomas’ recovery timetable is estimated at six-to-eight months, meaning he could be ready as early as August but as late as October. Either way, it doesn’t appear that Thomas will be at full strength for either training camp or the preseason. However, general manager John Schneider indicated at the combine that the club expects Thomas to be ready for the beginning of next season, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
As Werder writes, Thomas originally incurred the injury while tackling Packers receiver Randall Cobb in the NFC Championship Game. His shoulder was dislocated, and he wore a harness for the remainder of the contest. Thomas continued to wear the harness during Seattle’s Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. The 25-year-old Thomas, who rated as the league’s fifth-best safety last season per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), signed a four-year extension last April that guaranteed him more than $27MM.
The Seahawks’ vaunted secondary could be in a state of flux this offseason. In addition to Thomas, both Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane are dealing with injury concerns, while corner Byron Maxwell is the top free agent CB available, and is expected to garner significant money on the open market.