Thomas may miss game vs. Cowboys
Seahawks free safety on injury list as being out for non-injury reasons.
RENTON, WASH. — Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at practice Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll left open the possibility that the issue — that he wouldn’t detail — could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the team’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“He couldn’t work today,” Carroll said. “... We’ll see how he’s doing. Make sure he’s OK.”
Thomas did not take part in practice on Wednesday either and was listed on the team’s injury report as being out for non-injury reasons. He returned to practice Thursday before missing the team’s final practice of the week on Friday.
Carroll confirmed that his absence had nothing to do with an injury.
“He’s got some other stuff going on we’re working on,” Carroll said.
Thomas held out from all off-
season work with the Seahawks in hopes of getting a new contract from the Seahawks. The move did not succeed despite Thomas’ efforts and he reported to the team before the start of the regular season. The possibility of a trade has persisted, though nothing has apparently been deemed sufficient for Seattle to deal him at this point.
If Thomas didn’t play a gainst Dallas, Tedric Thompson would serve as the replacement at free safety.
With or without Thomas, the Seahawks are trying to avoid an 0-3 start Sunday when they host the Cowboys at Century Link Field. Pete Carroll has never started a season with three consecutive losses.
That’s 12 seasons in the pros and nine in college during which Carroll has been able to avoid a disastrous start to a new campaign.
“There’s only a couple of undefeated teams in the NFC right now and let’s hang with that. Let’s hang with them,” Carroll said. “I don’t want to get behind that number right now, so we’ve got to get a win.”
Dallas is still trying to solve all of its issues, but at least has a victory after knocking off the New York Giants at home last week. The Cowboys’ defense was excep- tional against the Giants, holding rookie Saquon Barkley and New York’s run game to 35 yards on the ground, and sacked quarterback Eli Manning six times. The Cowboys are second in the NFL with nine sacks through two weeks, and now face the offense that’s surrendered a league-high 12 sacks so far, six in each game.
“We’ve continued to try to build the talent level on our front seven and try to create competitive situations where guys are fighting for roster spots and fighting for playing time and hope- fully when they get out there that competition brings out the best in them,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “Obviously, those can be very impactful plays.”
The Cowboys are 5-2 in September road games since 2014, one of those losses coming in the opener against Carolina. Seattle hasn’t lost a home game in September under Carroll, going 13-0 since 2010.
Notes: New Dallas secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Rich- ard turned down interview requests before his reunion with the Seahawks. Richard spent the first eight years of his pro coaching career in Seattle, the past two as defensive coordinator. He was fired in a retooling of Carroll’s defensive staff. ... Seattle is expected to get Wagner (groin), rookie starting cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) and guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) back after missing time with injuries. ... Garrett said it was a little strange when Seattle safety Earl Thomas approached him in the Dallas locker room following the Seahawks’ victory last December. During his offseason holdout, Thomas made it clear he wouldn’t mind the opportunity to play elsewhere, with Dallas possibly at the top of his wish list. “I’ve never had that happen before, an opposing player comes into your locker room. But we have great respect for him,” Garrett said.
Associated Press writer Tim Booth contributed to this story.
Seattle free safety Earl Thomas returned to practice Thursday before missing the team’s final practice of the week Friday.