Seattle Seahawks fans received a boost today with regards to stand out safety Earl Thomas.
As reported by the Associated Press, the Washington franchise have taken Thomas off the PUP (Physically Unable to Play) list after the player passed a physical this week.
Thomas, having played in the Super Bowl despite a torn labrum in his left shoulder, underwent surgery this offseason and his status for the beginning of the 2015 NFL season has been in doubt. This update is certainly a step in the right direction.
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Whilst earlier reports raised serious doubts about the Pro-Bowler's participation in Seattle's season opener against the Saint Louis Rams on September 13, his activation today raises hopes that he could be achieve his own goal of featuring in Week Three of pre-season.
Thomas began Thursday on the Seattle Seahawks' active roster for the first time this offseason but he is likely to be eased back into practice in order to minimize the chance of an injury relapse.
Having said that, with fellow star safety, Kam Chancellor, currently holding out from training camp in search of a new contract, Earl Thomas' return is a timely one. With both starters out of action thus far it had been left to backup Steven Terrell to take on responsibilities this past week.
Arguably the best safety in the entire NFL, the quicker Earl Thomas can get back to full fitness the better for the Seattle Seahawks as they look to build for the upcoming campaign.
Having fallen at the final hurdle in 2014 the franchise will be desperate to have all of their key men firing on all cylinders from the outset in 2015. Thomas' return from the PUP list at this early stage is a step towards achieving that goal.
Seahawks fans: Can your team go all the way in 2015, and who is your most important player? Have your say in the comments below...