Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has passed a physical and been taken off the physically unable to perform list.
Thomas underwent off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, a procedure that typically requires six to eight months of recovery.
“I’d be shocked if he doesn't play Week 1,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
When Thomas returns to practice, the Seahawks will only have one half of their hard-hitting safety tandem. Strong safety Kam Chancellor has yet to report to training camp amid a contract dispute with the team. Chancellor and Thomas anchor the back end of a Seattle defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL in each of the past three seasons.
Thomas, 26, has started every game for the Seahawks since they picked him in the first round of the 2010 draft. He is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first team All-Pro choice.
- Dan Gartland