The Seattle Seahawks have removed safetey Earl Thomas from their physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.
Thomas passed his physical on Wednesday. This enabled the Seahawks to activate him, per their official Twitter account:
FS Earl Thomas passed his physical and will be activated from the PUP list.
— #SeahawksCamp (@Seahawks) August 5, 2015
He tore his labrum during the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers back in January. The injury requires a rehab period of six to eight months, per The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport’s prediction last month proved to be accurate.
“The hope for Thomas is to be active after starting the preseason on the PUP list,” Rapoport told “NFL Total Access” on July 23. “To be active for the third or fourth preseason game, get himself into game shape quickly and be ready for Week 1.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 5, 2015
ESPN’s John Clayton says Thomas could report for training camp as early as Thursday.
Thomas has been trying to convince the Seahawks’ defensive coaches on his immediate return. Clayton says “he loves playing football and hates missing practice.”
Steven Terrell took over the free safety position in Thomas’ absence.
Thomas’ return is just what the Seahawks need. Both of their safeties have been absent since the start of training camp.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor is still holding out on the Seahawks. He reportedly wants more money, per NFL.com.
— NFL (@NFL) August 1, 2015
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told NFL.com he understands why Chancellor has held out:
“Sometimes when they sign they love what they sign and it looks different after a while. So we go through that process. So I am compassionate towards these guys more than anything and try to help and walk them through it…
“Kam Chancellor is an amazing Seahawk. He’s been a great part of this team. We love him in every way. He stands for exactly everything we love about this game and being a Seahawk and playing for us.
“We want to make something happen and we want him back here immediately if we can get it done. We are going to try and figure it out.”
Chancellor signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension two years ago. He will earn $4.55 million this season, per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
Patra says the Seahawks could fine Chancellor as much as $30,000 for each day of training camp he misses.
— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 5, 2015
Chancellor is willing to pay this much, per ESPN. Clayton’s sources also told him the Seahawks are not willing to revise his current deal.
Other Seahawks players who want a raise include defensive lineman Michael Bennett and linebacker Bobby Wagner. Seattle signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a four-year, $87.6 million extension on July 31. The deal comes with $61.53 million in guaranteed money, per NFL.com.
The Seahawks also released linebacker Alex Singleton on Wednesday. He signed with the team on May 8, per Seahawks.com.
Seattle signed free-agent linebacker Dakoery Johnson after Singleton’s release, per Condotta.
Three players are still in the Seahawks’ PUP list: wide receiver Paul Richardson, cornerback Jeremy Lane and cornerback Tharold Simon, per The Seattle Times.
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