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Could Denver see former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas on Sunday vs. Seahawks?


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Seattle safety Earl Thomas reported to the Seahawks on Wednesday after a lengthy holdout, but head coach Pete Carroll did not provide much of an indication of whether the former All-Pro would play Sunday in Denver.

"We'll let you know," Carroll said with a laugh on Wednesday.

Carroll did confirm he met with Thomas, who missed the entirety of the Seahawks' offseason and preseason programs.

When asked what he needs to see from Thomas for him to play Sunday, Carroll again offered few specifics.

"There's all kinds of stuff," Carroll said. "I don't know what kind of shape he's in and all that kind of stuff. We'll figure it out."

Should Thomas play on Sunday, he could change the dynamic of both the Seahawks' secondary and their defense.

Thomas, the last remaining member of the "Legion of Boom," has been making that kind of impact for years. He recorded three consecutive First-Team All-Pro honors from 2012-2014, and he earned his sixth Pro Bowl nod after the 2017 season.

The 29-year-old Texas product has intercepted at least two passes in all but one of his eight seasons in the NFL. In 2017, he took one of those interceptions 78 yards for a touchdown.

Thomas has started every regular-season game he's appeared in during his career and has missed just seven regular-season contests during that time.

If Thomas isn't ready to play Sunday, though, Carroll should still have confidence in his secondary.

"We've been working hard at it," Carroll said. "We like our guys. We've got really good talent. We're fast. We've got the kind of know-how we need. Bradley McDougald does a really nice job. Dontae Johnson's played some games in our division, [as] we know, and he's played well for us since he's been here. Shaquill Griffin has been a terrific player for us since the start. And probably the highlight guy in camp has been Tedric Thompson. We're excited to get these guys back out there. Our nickel guy, Justin Coleman, played all last year for us. So we're excited to see how these guys turn out."

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