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Seahawks activate, plan to start Earl Thomas for Week 1

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The Seattle Seahawks have activated All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and plan to start him for their Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Thomas had performed well on the practice field in his first few days back with the team following his extended holdout.

‘He had a good week,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday regarding Thomas per Mike Florio of PFT. “He was solid all week long. He was fired up and studying and working hard at it and he had a good week.”

Although Thomas has just returned to the fold after missing the entirety of training camp and preseason due to his protracted contract holdout, Carroll has clearly seen enough good things from his star safety on the practice field to determine that is he ready to play a big part in the team’s season opener. Thomas’ presence should be a huge boost for a Seahawks defense which is in dire need of his services this season.

The Seahawks are counting on Thomas to anchor their secondary that has seen much change over the offseason with several notable players moving on. He has established himself as one of the top safeties in the league throughout his career behind six Pro Bowl selections, three First-Team All-Pro nods, and two Second-Team All-Pro selections. He is also coming off another highly productive campaign where he notched 88 total tackles and a pair of interceptions in 14 games played.