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Thomas To Miss Time Healing Shoulder, Other Seahawks Defensive Worries

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Earl Thomas will miss the start of training camp and possibly week one healing his shoulder. Earl Thomas will miss the start of training camp and possibly week one healing his shoulder.

SWXRightNow.com -- Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas has been a regulator in the Legion of Boom since its inception, now the All-Pro could miss week one of the regular season as his shoulder heals after having surgery following Super Bowl XLIX.

Thomas told ESPN the Super Bowl was the first time he ever felt physically limited on the field and that he's been involved in a mentally draining physical therapy routine to get back and healthy as soon as possible.

"I'm unsure about everything at this point," Thomas said. "I will find out more when I get back to Seattle on [July] 30th when I take my physical."

Fellow LOB leader Richard Sherman also played through Super Bowl XLIX with a nagging elbow injury, but was able to avoid surgery during the offseason. Though he's medically cleared to go, Sherman still feels wary of contact.

"Obviously haven't had to stop anyone or be violent, so we will see how it handles in training camp," Sherman told ESPN.

The Seahawks also might be missing starting linebacker Bobby Wagner when training camp kicks off. The Seahawks and Wagner have been negotiating a new deal since June, with the All-Pro MLB unhappy about the $1 million he's slated to make on the final year of his rookie deal based on his contribution to the team and their two Super Bowl runs. Wagner could hold out should a deal not be in place by July 31st.

If all three can't go in week one for some reason, the Seahawks would be missing their second (Wagner, 104), third (Thomas, 97) and fifth (Sherman, 57) leading tacklers. 

The Seahawks are a little slim at free safety and middle linebacker going into training camp, but were able to bolster their corner back ranks with the likes of free agent signings Cary Williams and Will Blackmon in the offseason after losing Byron Maxwell to the Eagles.

Assuming all three are good to when Seattle opens the NFL season vs. the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 13, no one will have reason to worry about the Seahawks defense. But if there are any complications with the situations for either three players, there could be a hole for first-year defensive coordinator Kris Richard to fill.

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