“Not expecting to be cleared for camp, unsure about Week 1”, Werder wrote.
Everybody knows that the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to pass the football from the 1-yard line in the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX was a bad one.
No knock against Smith-Murphy because he may turn out to be a very good player but, I am pretty sure that is not the name that Pete Carroll and supporters of the Seahawks want to see on the field at free safety when the season kicks off in September.
While the Seattle Seahawks are fully capable of getting by without Earl Thomas anchoring the back end alongside Kam Chancellor at least short-term, he may be one of the more irreplaceable players in the NFL. But the depth is shaky, and the Seahawks have a stiff early test this season at the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 in a rematch of the tremendous NFC championship game. He played the entire second half with what was then diagnosed as a dislocated shoulder. He had offseason surgery right after the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots and even put up pictures of the operating room on Instagram.
In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Thomas was expected to be “100 percent” for the start of training camp.
The former Texas Longhorns star was named a first-team All-Pro for the third straight season in 2014. He had 97 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception in 2014.
Thomas, 26, entered the league as Seattle’s first-round pick, No. 14-overall, in the 2010 NFL Draft. Seattle selected Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung at No. 6.