Ravens S Earl Thomas took the field last week for the 1st time since joining his new team -- and the 1st time since a broken leg ended his 2018 season last Sept. 30. "He's had a great week," HC John Harbaugh told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "Great anticipation and great ability to cover ground. He shows up in the right spots on a regular basis. That's what great safeties do. He's done a great job." Thomas landed high in our 2019 IDP rankings.
The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas left the field on a cart against the Cardinals on Sunday after suffering a left leg injury. We'll await further details.
Update: Thomas fractured his left leg and will miss the rest of the season.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas plans to report to the team Wednesday. Given the sparse depth at safety and Thomas' ability, we'd bet on him immediately regaining his starting job -- assuming he proves physically ready. Seattle's defense remains difficult to like, however, with Thomas returning 4 days before the season and so many other pieces gone through the offseason. We're not adjusting any Broncos passing-game pieces down on this news. For the season, of course, Thomas' presence should help the Seahawks' pass D. We'll see what the refurbished unit looks like on whole.
Cowboys starting FS Xavier Woods suffered a hamstring strain in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bengals and might miss the regular-season opener. According to The Athletic, Woods is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Dallas' opener sits 3 weeks and 1 day from the date of his injury. The Cowboys have gone through camp extremely thin at safety, listing Woods and fellow starter Jeff Heath as each other's backups. Fortunately for them, the free-agent market still holds plenty of former starters at the position -- including George Iloka, whom Cincinnati released Sunday. ESPN's Todd Archer says the Cowboys are considering Iloka, among others. Dallas, of course, has also been linked to disgruntled Seahawks FS Earl Thomas all offseason. We'll see where this goes and when Woods makes it back to the field.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas announced Sunday that he plans to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp as well as "any team activities until my contract situation is resolved." Thomas is in the final year of his deal and has said he wants "certainty" beyond this season. He has also been the subject of trade rumors this offseason. We'll see how this situation plays out for 1 of football's best safeties.
The Seahawks expect S Earl Thomas to return for Sunday night's game against the Falcons, HC Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle on Monday. Thomas missed the past 2 games with a hamstring injury. We'll keep an eye on his participation and status through the week to see if we can get him into IDP lineups without waiting for the Sunday night inactives.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas (hamstring) is doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Cardinals. That'll leave Bradley McDougald to fill in once again. He played 100% of the snaps in the loss to Washington, logging 5 total tackles (2 solo). The Arizona matchup carries more upside and makes McDougald a fringe IDP starting option for Week 10. Missing Thomas is certainly not good for the Seattle D but doesn't change its status as a starting fantasy unit. Elsewhere on the defense, CB Richard Sherman (Achilles') and DT Sheldon Richardson (oblique) are questionable.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN in Seattle on Monday that he doesn't know yet whether S Earl Thomas' hamstring will be ready for Thursday night's game at Arizona. Carroll added that they likely won't know until Thursday whether the veteran will play. If he's active, Thomas will be worth the risk in many IDP lineups, given the turnover upside with Drew Stanton under center for the Cards.
The Seahawks have ruled S Earl Thomas (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against Washington. That removes a high-upside DB from IDP lineups and obviously dings the Seattle team defense, but the Seahawks remain a strong option against a Washington offense that will likely miss at least of its starting O-linemen. Elsewhere on the defense, S Kam Chancellor (ankle), MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring), slot CB Jeremy Lane (thigh) and DT Sheldon Richardson (oblique) are all questionable. If all those guys sit out, then things might look a little different. We'll update Chancellor's and Wagner's statuses for IDP owners on Sunday. The others aren't IDP factors. Wagner and Chancellor each put in full practices Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days.
The Seattle Times reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas took part in contact drills Tuesday for the 1st time since breaking his left tibia last Dec. 4. “I’m feeling really good,’’ he said afterward. “No issues yet. I’m just continuing on my maintenance and letting it take care of itself." Thomas isn't a top-shelf IDP option, but he's draftable in moderately deep leagues. His presence also enhances a secondary that's imperative to the value of the Seattle team D.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas left Sunday night's game against the Panthers in the 2nd quarter after breaking a bone in his left leg, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That would certainly cost Thomas the rest of this season -- a bigger blow to the Seattle team D than to IDP owners. Shortly after leaving the game, Thomas tweeted that a lot of things were going through his mind, "including retirement." We'll see what comes of this situation. S Steven Terrell started in Thomas' place against the Bucs last Sunday and played the full game, as Thomas dealt with a hamstring injury. That marked the 1st missed game of Thomas' 7-year career.
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) and S Earl Thomas (hamstring) each put in full practices Wednesday. That makes it appear both will be ready to play Sunday against the Panthers. Thomas missed his 1st career game last week at Tampa Bay. Bennett has missed the past 5 contests. He'll be a little risky in IDP lineups until we see a full game back, but the full practice participation makes it easier to take a chance on Bennett right away -- assuming that level continues throughout the week. Thomas has been a low-level fantasy performer all season, so his return is far more significant to the team D than IDP owners. Both players boost the overall unit with their presence.
The Seahawks have ruled S Earl Thomas (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. They'll also be without DE Michael Bennett (knee), who will miss his 5th straight game. CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring) is questionable after missing practice all week. He doesn't look like a good bet to play -- and would likely carry re-injury risk if he is active and playing.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas left Sunday's win over the Eagles in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury. HC Pete Carroll told the Seattle Times afterward that Thomas “got a little hammy strain that he can feel, so we got him out of there.’’ It doesn't sound like a big deal, but Carroll said it was too early to know Thomas' status for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. CB DeShawn Shead also left early with an injury that popped up over the weekend. Carroll said the young CB “felt his hamstring Saturday for the first time and just couldn’t get loose today warming up so we saved him. But he couldn’t make it so we’ll have to see how that goes.’’ We'll see about the status for each player as we get into the practice week.
Almost a week after the team activated him, S Earl Thomas actually took the field Tuesday (wearing a red, no-contact jersey). Thomas had been sidelined since the Super Bowl after offseason surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum. The timing of his return suggests he should be ready for the regular-season opener. Thomas' safety partner, Kam Chancellor, hit Day 19 of his holdout Tuesday.
The Seahawks on Wednesday activated S Earl Thomas from the PUP after the veteran passed his physical. He had been a question mark for the preseason and start of the regular season after offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder. We'd still be surprised to see Thomas much -- if at all -- in exhibition games, but the timing of his return should put him on track for the real contests. He's fine to draft as you normally would in your IDP league (where you should wait on DBs).
Seahawks S Earl Thomas reportedly had surgery Tuesday to repair a completely torn labrum, which he played through in the Super Bowl. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier in February that Thomas faced a 6-8 month recovery. The short end of that would put Thomas back on the field on August ... though ESPN's Adam Schefter previously reported that the team expected him back in time for training camp. We'll see what Thomas' recovery timeline looks like as we get into summer. Don't be surprised if he's slow to get into action come training camp, though. We'll check the reports then to see how we need to adjust his fantasy football outlook for IDP owners.
Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and S Earl Thomas were both injured in Sunday's NFC Championship victory over the Packers. Sherman has been diagnosed with a sprained left elbow, while Thomas dislocated his shoulder. Both guys played through their injuries on Sunday and are fully expected to be ready for the Super Bowl in a couple weeks. The question is just how effective they'll be. Sherman and Thomas both ranked among the top 5 at their respective positions in Pro Football Focus' grades.
Seahawks S Earl Thomas will enter the season as the team's primary punt returner. It's no surprise, because Thomas filled that role this summer. But it's certainly noteworthy that the team would make such a decision after giving Thomas a big contract extension this offseason. The role certainly adds value to Thomas' IDP stock in fantasy football leagues that count return yardage. It would also seem to add at least a little injury risk.
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