The Seattle Seahawks will start the 2015 NFL season without one of their best players.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Earl Thomas has undergone surgery today in order to fix the torn labrum and separation in his left shoulder that he suffered during the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers back in January.
6-8 Month Absence
Thomas is expected to be out for between six and eight months which could see him not back in action until November time at the latest. Going by last month's schedule, that could see him miss seven games of the 2015 season.
With the NFC West hotting up every season, Seattle can't afford to be without arguably their most important defender. Thomas is an absolute star, and while he's not in the media as much as teammate Richard Sherman is, he is still every bit as good as the corner and maybe even better.
Alternatively, even if Thomas is out for a best case scenario of six months it will still mean that the safety's training camp and pre-season will be severely disrupted with him trying to get up to speed before the season kicks off.
NFL.com reported a couple of weeks ago that Thomas' injury was much worse than first feared and would need to undergo the brutal surgery that he has. It seems that swelling and inflammation has only just now cleared up enough for doctors to operate,
Three of the four defensive backs that started in the Super Bowl for Seattle played with injuries. Strong safety Kam Chancellor played with a torn MCL, while cornerback Richard Sherman had an elbow injury. Thomas, Chancellor and Sherman played all 74 defensive snaps during the Super Bowl.
The 25-year old Thomas was named first-team All-Pro for the third season in a row after recording 97 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles in 2014 for the league's top-ranked defense.