Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Earl Thomas: 'He’ll be fine by game time'

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Earl Thomas: 'He’ll be fine by game time'
Saturday January 24th, 2015

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas returned to practice on Friday after missing sessions on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury.

Thomas suffered the injury during the first half of the team's win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game last Sunday. He returned to and finished the game after receiving a harness.

Thomas is listed as questionable on the team's injury report but was "back in action and full flow" in practice on Friday, according to coach Pete Carroll.

“It’s really good to get him back out,” Carroll said, according to “He missed a couple days and all the continuity that these guys have shared for so long is not felt when he’s not out there. He’s a great communicator. And he sends such a message about the concerns of doing all the things right and all that that he picks everybody up.” [...]

“Earl’s going to be fine for next week,” Carroll said. “It’s going to take him all the way to game time. We’ll keep him from getting banged. But he’ll be fine by game time.”

Thomas, 25, is in his fifth season with the Seahawks since being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. Over 16 games this season, he recorded 97 tackles and an interception while earning his fourth Pro Bowl nod.

The Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

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