The clock will begin ticking tonight on Earl Thomas' long recovery from shoulder surgery.
The Seahawks' All-Pro safety is having a procedure done today to repair torn labrum from him dislocating his left shoulder early in the NFC championship Jan. 18. Thomas played that game and the Feb. 1 Super Bowl with the injury.
Then apparently doctors had to wait for swelling to calm down in these three weeks since the Super Bowl before operating.
How do we know Thomas had his surgery today? He just tweeted it:
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Wait ... how'd he do that?
Coach Pete Carroll said Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis he wasn't sure if Thomas would be back on the field in time for the preseason. If estimates of a six-to-eight-month recovery time are true -- and here's a physical therapist who writes expect nine months before the labrum and shoulder are fully right, even for those in contact sports -- Thomas could be coming back right around the start of the regular season in early September.
But he and the Seahawks have a long way to go in recovery and rehabilitation before that. Safe to presume, however, that Thomas won't be fully participating at the start of training camp in late July. And remember, Thomas has never missed an NFL game. Something says he won't this season either because of a surgery in February.