The Seahawks practiced again Wednesday without All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but good news came later in the day. Thomas, one of the most important players on the league's stingiest defense, has passed his physical and will be activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Thomas opening camp on PUP, causing plenty of hand-wringing among Seahawks fans about his status for the start of the season, but the fact that he is being activated this early in camp bodes well for his chances to be on the field in St. Louis in Week 1. Thomas, a first-round pick in 2010 has started every regular season, postseason and preseason game in his five-year career.
With Thomas and Kam Chancellor both out—Chancellor has not yet reported to camp—Steven Terrell has been the first-team free safety with DeShawn Shead playing free safety.
The Seahawks still have three players on the PUP list: cornerback Jeremy Lane, receiver Paul Richardson and cornerback Tharold Simon, and defensive tackle Jesse Williams remains on the non-football/illness list. Players on the PUP list can come off at any time before the start of the regular season, but if they remain on the list when the season begins, they are not eligible to return for six weeks.
In addition to removing Thomas from the PUP list, the Seahawks also made a roster move, waiving linebacker Alex Singleton, an undrafted rookie out of Montana State, and signing linebacker Dakorey Johnson, an undrafted rookie from Kansas State.