Seahawks in wait-and-see mode on Earl Thomas ahead of Week 9

Nov 1, 2017, 5:22 PM | Updated: 5:33 pm
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Seahawks FS Earl Thomas is looking for a new contract entering the final year of his deal. (AP)

The Seahawks could be without All-Pro safety Earl Thomas for their Week 9 matchup against Washington. If he’s unable to go, though, they’re plenty confident about his replacement.

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“Very fortunately, on our end of it, Bradley (McDougald) has been a starter in this league for years and he’s got the experience, the savvy, he’s a playmaker, he’s really tough, he’s a good tackler,” head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday. “We have spotted him all over the place to do things in coverage as well as the running game. He’s just a really, really good football player to be able to step up… this is a guy that we were very fortunate to get in the offseason… and he’s been a great addition to our team. So now he’s ready to go, he’s excited about it, and I’m anxious to see him play.”

Monday, Carroll told Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle that Thomas suffered a slight hamstring strain. Thomas sustained the injury during a Houston scoring drive Sunday and was held out of the Seahawks’ final two defensive series.

Carroll said the team will wait until Friday before making a decision.

Thomas was one of 10 players who did not practice Wednesday. Several veterans who missed practice, including Jimmy Graham and Michael Bennett, are likely receiving rest days. Center Justin Britt is also listed, though is expected to play Sunday.

Roster moves

With the addition of left tackle Duane Brown and cornerback Jeremy Lane staying in Seattle following a failed physical with Houston, the Seahawks were left with 54 players on their active roster after their trade with the Texans. In a corresponding move, the Seahawks released offensive tackle Isaiah Battle.

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