Earl Thomas Injury: Updates on Seahawks Star's Hamstring and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30:  Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks stands on the field during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a hamstring strain against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 and hadn't played since. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates. 


Thomas Active vs. Panthers

Sunday, Dec. 4

The Seahawks announced Thomas is available to play in Week 13 against Carolina.


Latest on Thomas' Practice Status 

Friday, Dec. 2

The Seahawks announced Thomas was a full participant in practice for the third straight day on Friday.


Thomas Plays Critical Role in Seahawks Defense

Thomas, 27, has established himself as one of the league's top safeties and best defensive players in his seven-year career. He's also made his mark as a member of the team's famed Legion of Boom secondary, which also includes cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus ranked Thomas as the No. 33 player in football coming into the 2016 season:

Earl Thomas is the prototype free safety for the modern-day NFL that everybody else is trying to replicate. He is one of the few single-high free safeties with the range and instincts to still affect plays from that spot in the deep middle of the field and actively squeeze throwing lanes and affect windows. There may be no more important player to the success of that Seattle scheme because of the way he can affect plays that most other free safeties can’t.

Thomas has continued to have a huge impact for the Seahawks, registering 46 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2016. In turn, Seattle has given up the fewest points per game (17.0) and the seventh-fewest yards per contest (335.6), riding its defense to a 7-3-1 record this season.

              

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