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NFL PUP-list rules keep Earl Thomas watching Seahawks practice, Jesse Williams in shoulder pads 2+ months after having kidney removed

Earl Thomas is off the physically-unable-to-perform list. But he’s not back to practicing just yet, watching today’s sixth on-field workout of Seahawks training camp here in Renton.

The All-Pro safety passed a physical examination and came off the Active PUP list Wednesday. But NFL rules state he must stay out of practice his first day after coming off PUP. On practice days two and three, Friday and Saturday, Thomas can only be in his helmet -- no shoulder pads.

The way the Seahawks’ camp schedule falls, with a scrimmage on Saturday and off day Sunday, Thomas’ first day he could be in shoulder pads and potentially fully participating in practice is Monday.

Thomas had surgery to repair his separated shoulder and torn labrum in it on Feb. 24. The original estimated recovery time was six to eight months, Aug. 24 to Oct. 24 -- or past the fifth regular-season game. But any fears Thomas would miss his first regular-season game in his six league seasons has all but vanished with his coming off the PUP list with five weeks still to go before Seattle’s opener at St. Louis.

Other items from the start of practice:

--Still no Kam Chancellor. This is the seventh day of the strong safety and team leader’s holdout. As I wrote for today’s News Tribune, the Seahawks can now assess fines exceeding $300,000, and coach Pete Carroll’s tone has changed to “it’s on Kam,” essentially.

--Remarkable to see Jesse Williams in shoulder pads full participating early in practice with the defensive tackles. It’s been just over two months since Williams had surgery to remove his cancerous kidney.

--Linebacker Bruce Irvin is back to practice after taking yesterday off to rest his legs, Carroll said.

--Those not practicing today, besides Thomas and Chancellor, include: CB Jeremy Lane, CB Tharold Simon, WR Kevin Smith, TE Anthony McCoy, WR Paul Richardson, S Ryan Murphy and DE Demarcus Dobbs.